Panel to Discuss Oprah’s Leadership Academy
Teaneck, NJ (March 19, 2007)—Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Center for African Studies, in cooperation with the Office of Global Learning, will host a panel discussion on “Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership School for Girls in South Africa” on Monday, April 9, on FDU’s Metropolitan campus.
Intended to develop elite women leaders in post-apartheid South Africa, the 50-acre school was founded by a $40 million grant. The controversial project has received intense media attention both praising and criticizing the facility, the strict academy rules and the potential implications for the students and the country.
The diverse panel features experts in the fields of international relations, political science, African history, special education and ethics. Panel members include Austin Ogunsuyi, University Core faculty member, FDU; Zandile Nkabinde, associate professor of special education, New Jersey City University; Godwin Ohiwerei, associate professor of sociology and anthropology, New Jersey City University; and Lawrence Mbogoni, assistant professor of African history, William Paterson University.
The discussion is free and open to the public. It will be held from 4 – 6 p.m. in FDU’s Wilson Auditorium, Dickinson Hall, on the Hackensack side of the Metropolitan Campus. For registration and more information, call 201-692-7360.