Update – The 2018 Annual Oromo Studies Association (OSA) Conference

The 2018 Annual Oromo Studies Association (OSA) Conference to Address Pertinent Questions about Oromo Political Organizations and Oromo National Interests

2018 OSA Annual Conference Update, July 28, 2018

On August 4-5, 2018, the Oromo Studies Association (OSA) will be holding its annual conference at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., with the theme, “Oromo Political Organizations: Prospects and Challenges”. We kindly urge members and supporters of Oromo communities to join us this year as we strive to answer serious questions about the current political developments in Ethiopia, which will have significant implications on the future of the Oromo people.

On August 4th, we will explore a number of questions related to Oromo political organizations and their prominent political views. We will also discuss ideas that could facilitate the creation of a political equilibrium in the Oromo political market that will potentially advance Oromo national interests. On August 5th, we will hold a half-day symposium to critically assess the current political transition taking place in Oromia and Ethiopia, historical lessons to be heeded, and potential pitfalls to avoid, with the objective of outlining the parameters of Oromo national interests and how Oromo communities and political organizations can align with such interests.

In addition to the conference, please join us for dinner on August 3rd. The dinner will feature opening remarks by the president, award ceremonies, entertainment and networking opportunities. To RSVP for the dinner and for more information regarding cost and payment, please click here: http://evite.me/UVWqP4Cb3Y

The 2018 OSA Annual Conference Program

Oromo Political Organizations: Challenges and Prospects

Dates: August 4 and 5, 2018

Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center (Conference Rm. A & B)
The Catholic University of America (CUA)
Washington, DC

August 4, 2018

8:00 a – 9:00 am: Registration
9:05 a – 9:10 am: Opening speech
Teferi Mergo, OSA President

9:15 a – 9:30 a: Blessings
Religious Leaders and Elders

9:30 a – 10:20 a: United Liberation Forces of Oromia (ULFO)
Speaker: ULFO representative (TBA)
Moderated by: TBA

10:25 a – 11:10 a: Oromo Religious Leaders’ views on the Challenges Facing Oromo Political Organizations
Chair: TBA
Asnake T. Irko: A Waaqeffataa View
Sheikh Abdurahim Ahmed Doyo: An Islamic View
Benti U. Tesso, PhD: A Christian Perspective

11:15 a – 12:15 pm:
Adda Tokkichummaa Walabummaa Oromiyaa (ATWO)
Speaker: ATWO representative (TBA)
Moderated by: TBA

12:15 p – 1:15 p:
Lunch Break:

1:20 p – 2:20 pm
Oromo Democratic Front (ODF)
Speaker: ODF representative (TBA)
Moderated by: TBA

2:25 p – 2:45 pm:
Keynote Speech:
Abbaa Gadaa Bayyanaa Sanbatoo
Introduction by: TBA

2:50 p – 3:50 pm:
Oromo Liberation Front (OLF)
Speaker: OLF representative (TBA)
Moderated by: TBA

3:55 p – 4:55 pm:
Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC)
Speaker: OFC representative (TBA)
Moderated by: TBA

5:00 p – 6:00 pm:
An American Premiere of a documentary film about Oromo filmmakers in Ethiopia:
Producer: Vic Castello

6:00p – 7:00pm
Business Meeting (Members only)

August 5, 2018

In lieu of the usual 2nd day conference proceedings, there will be a day long symposium on August 5 on “Oromo National Interests: Views, Pitfalls and Parameters”, and a detailed program will be announced shortly.

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