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Established in 2007, The Forum on Contemporary Issues in Society (FOCIS) is a special initiative designed to focus the university’s problem-solving resources on an eclectic range of topics important to the campus community and beyond. FOCIS lectures and related events bring together the institution’s teaching, research and service missions to advance the frontiers of knowledge, promote informed debate and encourage responsible citizenship in an increasingly fast-paced, interconnected and complex world.

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CitizenDetroit Dinner & Dialogue
November 6 2014 at 5:30 PM
International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit
Come join Dr. Irvin D. Reid and Sheila Cockrel for dinner and dialogue on the Plan of Adjustment on Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.  The event will take place at the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit located at 111 E. Kirby, Detroit, MI 48202 (corner of Kirby and John R).  Limited free parking is available.  Admission is free.  Seating is limited and reservations are required.  RSVP by Oct. 30.  
FOCIS presents Democracy in Faraway Places: Namibia
November 17 2014 at 2:00 PM
Law School Building
The Forum on Contemporary Issues in Society presents Democracy in Faraway Places: Namibia Monday, November 17, 2 p.m.Law School AuditoriumThe Emergence and Challenges of Democracy on the African ContinentFeaturing MARTIN ANDJABA, Ambassador and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Namibia to the United States of AmericaMartin Andjaba, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Namibia, is currently accredited to the Bahamas, Canada, Mexico and Panama. Before taking up his current position, he was Head of Department of Multilateral Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2006-10. Before this role, he served as Namibia’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York for 10 years. What must have been one of the high points of service to his country, the Ambassador represented Namibia on the UN Security Council, serving as President of the Council in both 1999 and 2000. He was a member of the Security Council Mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Uganda, which was aimed at assisting the parties resolve conflict in the Congo.Before independence, Ambassador Andjaba went into exile in 1977 and joined the ranks of the People’s Liberation Army of Namibia, the military wing of his political party, SWAPO. In 1989, he was repatriated to Namibia and was appointed as Chief of Protocol. Before that, he served for five years as Senior Coordinator at his party’s provisional headquarters in Luanda, Angola. He earned diplomas from the UN Institute for Namibia in Lusaka, Zambia, and the UN Institute in Training and Research, as well as a professional certificate in diplomacy at the Foreign Service Academy of Nigeria. Tuesday, November 18, 6 p.m.McGregor Memorial Conference CenterThe Challenges of Democracy and the Education of Women in AfghanistanFeaturing SAKENA YACOOBI, Founder of Afghan Institute of Learning Professor Sakena Yacoobi is Executive Director of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), a women-led NGO she founded in 1995. AIL provides teacher training to Afghan women, supports education for boys and girls, and provides health education to women and children. She has spoken on education for women and children at a number of international conferences, including the Clinton Global Initiative, the Central Eurasian Studies Society conference at Harvard University, the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and the World Justice Forum in The Hague. Sakena, as she likes to be called, was among 1,000 women nominated to jointly receive the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. She was presented with the Democracy Award from the National Endowment for Democracy and also was the recipient of the Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership for her outstanding work. She has received many other awards, honorary degrees and recognitions across the globe, including an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Saint Joseph in Connecticut. She is a graduate of the University of the Pacific and Loma Linda University, both in California. Reservations not required, but requested.  Light refreshments served.  To learn more about FOCIS programs, visit focis.wayne.edu  
FOCIS presents Democracy in Faraway Places: Afghanistan
November 18 2014 at 6:00 PM
McGregor Memorial Conference Center
The Forum on Contemporary Issues in Society presents Democracy in Faraway Places: Namibia and Afghanistan Monday, November 17, 2 p.m. Law School Auditorium The Emergence and Challenges of Democracy on the African ContinentFeaturing MARTIN ANDJABA, Ambassador and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Namibia to the United States of AmericaMartin Andjaba, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Namibia, is currently accredited to the Bahamas, Canada, Mexico and Panama. Before taking up his current position, he was Head of Department of Multilateral Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2006-10. Before this role, he served as Namibia’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York for 10 years. What must have been one of the high points of service to his country, the Ambassador represented Namibia on the UN Security Council, serving as President of the Council in both 1999 and 2000. He was a member of the Security Council Mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Uganda, which was aimed at assisting the parties resolve conflict in the Congo.Before independence, Ambassador Andjaba went into exile in 1977 and joined the ranks of the People’s Liberation Army of Namibia, the military wing of his political party, SWAPO. In 1989, he was repatriated to Namibia and was appointed as Chief of Protocol. Before that, he served for five years as Senior Coordinator at his party’s provisional headquarters in Luanda, Angola. He earned diplomas from the UN Institute for Namibia in Lusaka, Zambia, and the UN Institute in Training and Research, as well as a professional certificate in diplomacy at the Foreign Service Academy of Nigeria.Tuesday, November 18, 6 p.m.McGregor Memorial Conference CenterThe Challenges of Democracy and the Education of Women in AfghanistanFeaturing SAKENA YACOOBI, Founder of Afghan Institute of Learning Professor Sakena Yacoobi is Executive Director of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), a women-led NGO she founded in 1995. AIL provides teacher training to Afghan women, supports education for boys and girls, and provides health education to women and children. She has spoken on education for women and children at a number of international conferences, including the Clinton Global Initiative, the Central Eurasian Studies Society conference at Harvard University, the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and the World Justice Forum in The Hague. Sakena, as she likes to be called, was among 1,000 women nominated to jointly receive the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. She was presented with the Democracy Award from the National Endowment for Democracy and also was the recipient of the Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership for her outstanding work. She has received many other awards, honorary degrees and recognitions across the globe, including an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Saint Joseph in Connecticut. She is a graduate of the University of the Pacific and Loma Linda University, both in California. Reservations not required, but requested.  Light refreshments served.  To learn more about FOCIS programs, visit focis.wayne.edu 
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