Friday, April 12, 2013

Today's presentation (Dennis Laumann)

Normally when we have outside speakers come to the department they speak on a topic related to Ghana as do the speakers from inside the department. They also are sometimes quite boring. Today Dennis Laumann from the University of Memphis spoke to the department on Cuba's role in Angola and its significance during the 1970s, 1980s, and beyond.  He was certainly not boring. Nor did he hide the fact that he was an unabashed partisan of Cuba and the MPLA before it converted from Marxism-Leninism to capitalism. He is evidently a member of the Communist Party USA which I was unaware still existed. Although if Dr. Laumann is representative of the organization today they seem to have shifted away from advocating a Soviet model to supporting a Cuban model.

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