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Dan Connell

Read about Simmons professor Dan Connell, and you'll get an adventure narrative and a lesson in international relations rolled into one. In 1975, he took his intellectual curiosity and his experience as a political organizer across the Atlantic, where he became involved with two rival nationalist movements in Eritrea. He traveled with both groups and reported on their conflict over the next few years for media in Europe and North America. Dan is still called upon as an expert on Eritrea and recently worked with Tom Killion of San Francisco State University to publish the second edition of A Historical Dictionary on Eritrea. Dan continues his activism in the Boston area with the development agency Grassroots International (, an organization he founded in 1983 that "supports community-led initiatives and movements worldwide, with special focus in Brazil, Haiti, Mesoamerica and the Middle East." Bringing his work and passion to the classroom in a very real way, Dan has traveled with his students to South Africa and has published two anthologies of their writing, Women to Women: Young Americans in South Africa (2006) and Old Wrongs, New Rights: Student Views of the New South Africa (2008). To read more about Dan, you can visit his website: