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West Africa in the Spotlight

October 23, 2017

Join us on October 26 at 10 a.m. in the D'Angelo Center, room 416AB, for two engaging talks and a follow-up discussion with Michael Kevane, Ph.D., Economist and Associate Professor from the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. Dr. Kevane will present "Growing Violence in Northern Burkina Faso: Cases, Consequences, and Remedies" starting at 10 am, and "Reading Fiction and Economic Preferences of Rural Youth in Burkina Faso" at 11:30 am as part of the University Libraries' "West Africa in the Spotlight" series.
Dr. Kevane is best known ​for his work in West Africa on issues related to economics, the politics of gender, the role of women in rural development, and how rural libraries promote reading. Dr. Kevane is past president of the Sudan Studies Association, and codirector of Friends of African Village Libraries. He has published articles in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, World Development, Review of Development Economics, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Libri, World Libraries, and Bulletin des Bibliothèques de France. He is a coeditor of Kordofan Invaded: Peripheral Incorporation and Social Transformation in Islamic Africa (Brill, 1998), author of Women and Development in Africa: How Gender Works (Lynne Rienner, 2014, 2nd edition), and coauthor (along with Dr. Valeda Dent and Dr. Geoff Goodman) of Rural Community Libraries in Africa: Challenges and Impacts (IGI Global, 2014).