Ethiopians in Michigan for Peace, Unity, and Democracy (EMPUD)
is preparing to celebrate the centennial of the victory of Ethiopia
over colonialist Italy at the Battle of Adowa.
As much as we are distressed to note that this unique historical event that occupies special place in the history of the struggles of
all peoples of Africa and African descent for freedom is to be
celebrated during an all time low point in the history of Ethiopia, we
are enthralled by being fortuitous to be among the generations that
are afforded this rare opportunity to observe and celebrate its
centenary. Even though we might have failed to measure up to the
standard of our forefathers in our commitment and resolve in
defending the proud and free country they handed down to us, we
feel it is incumbent up on each of us to remember and commemorate the sacrifices they have paid to protect the freedom, dignity, and pride of the nation and its people. In our attempt to accomplish this modest task, we members of EMPUD are organizing two days long events for March 1 & 2, 1996.
The event includes:
(a) several invited papers on the battle of Adowa (suggested topics include Significance of the Battle of Adowa to Ethiopia, Africa, and people of African Descent; Menilik's Strategy of the War and Participation of the Ethiopian People; The National Army and its Composition; Technical, Social, and Economic Constraints of the War; Assessment of the Different Interpretations of the War; Lessons from the Battle of Adowa for Present Day Ethiopia...)
(b) two panel discussion sessions
(i) Africa's peaceful resistance to colonialism in the last 100 years
(ii) Africa's armed resistance to colonialism in the last 100
(c) cultural events including war memorabilia shows
(d) Reception and Grand Ethiopian Nights including drinks, dinner, and dance.
Our program organization is much of academic style because of
the setting we are operating in. However, we are trying to reach out
to the larger Lansing community through different civic organizations (especially African and African-American organizations) and institutions that are potential sponsors of and partners in the celebration. We hope that Ethiopians in different parts of the world will do all their best to make this national day an international event by organizing some sort of activities reflecting the spirit of the Victory of the Battle of Adowa. EMPUD appreciates all suggestions that could help in improving the program and making the event successful. Likewise, we encourage all of those individuals who want to present papers, be panelist, and/or have anything that has something to do with the event to contact us off-line or by mail. (EMPUD P. O. Box 6334 E. Lansing, MI 48826)
ADWA VICTORY CENTENARY CONFERENCE - PROGRAM
"The Greatest Victory of An African Nation Over A European
Power Since the Time of Hannibal"
March 1 & 2, 1996, International Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.
Organized by Ethiopians in Michigan
Sponsored by ECLAV, MSU, Ethiopian Communities and
Organizations in Michigan.
Friday (March 1, 1996) 1:00 - 1:30 pm
The Organizing Committee
The Honorable David Hollister, Mayor of Lansing
Friday (March 1, 1996) 1:30 - 3:00 pm SESSION 1
Session Chair: Daniel Kindie
"The Battle of Adwa: The Historic Victory of Ethiopians Over
Paulos Milkias, Concordia University, Canada.
"Racist Discourse About Ethiopia Before and After the Battle of
Harold Marcus, Michigan State University.
"The Significance of Adwa: A Personal Perspective"
Hailu Fulass, University of the District of Colombia.
Friday (March 1, 1996) 3:00 - 3:30 pm BREAK
Friday (March 1, 1996) 3:30 - 5:00 pm SESSION 2
Session Chair: Ayalew Kanno
"The Battle of Adwa: Pictorial"
Carl Robson, Case Western Reserve University
Ayalew Keno, Michigan Department of Labor and Carl Robson,
Case Western Reserve University
Friday (March 1, 1996) 5:00 - 6:00 pm RECEPTION
Con-Con Room International Center, M.S.U.
Saturday (March 2, 1996) 9:00 - 9:30 am SPECIAL SESSION
Remarks by Guests of Honor
A one minute silence will be observed in memory of the martyrs of
Adwa at 9:30
Saturday (March 2, 1996) 9:30 - 10:30 am
"The Genesis of the Battle of Adwa and the Lessons We Learn
Getachew Haile, St. John's University
Saturday (March 2, 1996) 10:30 - 11:00 pm Break
Saturday (March 2, 1996) 11:00 - 12:30 pm SESSION 3
Session Chair: Theodore M. Vestal
"Menelik: Consensus Builder and Master Mobilizer"
Shumet Sishagne, Christopher Newport University.
"Empress Taytu, Colonialism, Reinterpretation of the Battle of
Adwa and the
Impact on the Present Generation"
Astair GM Mengesha, Arizona State University West.
"The Battle of Adwa: Historical and Contemporary Significance"
Mesfin Araya, City University of New York .
Saturday (March 2, 1996) 12:30 - 1:30 pm Break
Saturday (March 2, 1996) 1:30 - 3:00 pm SESSION 4
Session Chair: Daniel Tefera
"Schooling and Collective Historical Memories: The Case of the
Battle of Adwa"
Tilahun Sineshaw, Southeastern Louisiana University.
"The Battle of Adwa: Some Comments on the Treaty of Wuchalle"
Solomon Gashaw, University of Minnesota.
"Arms for Adwa: Menelik's Acquisitions of Weapons through
Timothy Carmichael, Michigan State University.
Saturday (March 2, 1996) 3:00 - 3:30 pm Break
Saturday (March 2, 1996) 3:30 - 5:00 pm SESSION 5
Session Chair: Sisay Assefa
"Reflections on the Battle of Adwa and its Significance for Today"
Theodore M. Vestal, Oklahoma State University.
"Menelik's Multi-ethnic Ethiopia Under Fire: The Danger of Ethnic
Alemante Gebreselassie, College of William and Mary, Law School.
"The Victory of Adwa and Subsequent Challenges to Ethiopian
Daniel Kindie, Henderson State University.
Saturday (March 2, 1996) 5:00 - 5:30 pm Break
Saturday (March 2, 1996) 5:30 - 7:00 pm PANEL DISCUSSION
"Lessons Learnt From the Victory of Adwa and Its Relevance to
Present Day Ethiopia".
Panel Chair: Assefa Mehretu
Panelists: Daniel Kindie, Astair Mengesha, Schaefer and Getachew
Saturday (March 2, 1996) 8:00 - 2:00 am DINNER &
Location: Roni's Place Reception Hall, 5200 W. State rd.. Lansing,
CONTRIBUTED PAPERS WITHOUT PRESENTATION:
Notes and Queries on Women at the Battle of Adwa,
Tsehai Berhane-Selassie, Middlebury College.
The Battle of Adwa as a "Historic Event",
Donald N. Levine, The University of Chicago.
The Logistic Base and Military Strategy of the Ethiopian Army: The
Campaign and Battle of Adwa, Sept. , 1895 - Feb., 1896,
Tsegaye Tegenu, Uppsala University.
Members: Ayalew Kanno, Assefa Mehretu, Imiru Assefa,
Berhanu Alemayehu, Teshome Tadesse, Getachew Begashaw,
General Committee Members: Wogayehu Tadesse, Meskerem Tadesse, Macda Fiseha, Merid Amde, Ambachew Nigussie, Worknesh Kebede, Bayeh Desta, Seifu Lessanework, Worknesh T. E., Dejene Aredo, Brtucan Prince.
Proceedings Editors: Teshome Tadesse, Abraham Engeda, Getachew Begashaw.
Sponsors: ECLAV, EMPUD, EMM, EAF, ASMSU, COGS, MSU African Study Center, MSU Provost Office, MSU-CASID, Blue Nile Restaurant, Abyssinian Restaurant, Meski's Store, Worknesh Spices.
For any information, input or suggestion please contact:
Assefa Mehretu: Pho: (517) 353 9739;
Getachew Begashew: Pho: (517) 336 8546;
Abraham Engeda: Pho: (517) 432 1834;
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