Tuesday, March 17, 2020
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
McKinney Conference Room, 111 Thayer Street
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Shortly after independence, leftist governments in Tanzania and Zambia adopted ambitious socialist policies that promised universal access to welfare state services and prioritized the cultivation of national self-reliance. Yet decades of debilitating colonialism had left these same countries with few citizens with advanced degrees, no universities, and scarce hospitals. This talk investigates how these postcolonial states strove to overcome this daunting challenge by training and sustaining a highly skilled workforce of African professionals, focusing in particular on efforts to set up national universities in both countries.