The themes for the five-part series are: a global ethic, economic democracy, non-violence, human rights and democratic world order. This year’s series addresses the five themes by giving attention to the diverse continent of Africa, with both its rich traditions and its challenging future.
Each speaker addresses three thematic questions: Is it necessary? Is it possible? What is the way forward? Each presentation begins with a showing of a short video, “A Vision of Hope,” which is based upon the five themes. The video, “A Vision of Hope” is available for purchase at each session.
Schraeder is a professor of comparative foreign policy, international relations theory, U.S. foreign policy toward Africa and the Middle East, and African and Middle Eastern politics. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Tunis (2002-2003) and a visiting professor at Loyola’s John Felice Rome Center in Italy (2003-2005). He is the author of African Politics and Society: A Mosaic in Transformation.
The Vision of Hope speakers series is sponsored by peace and justice programs with support from the The Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue, division of mission and ministry, office of multicultural affairs, office of the vice provost for diversity, the peace studies minor committee, justice across campus committee, Pax Christi, earthbread and earthcare, the University bookstore, student government association and community building collaborative @Xavier.