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African Studies Expert to Discuss Conflicts in Southern Sudan

BOSTON (November 2, 2009) — African studies and anthropology expert Dr. Richard A. Lobban, Jr. will discuss the unresolved Darfur conflict and southern Sudan's upcoming referendum on possible independence during a lecture Nov. 12 at Simmons College in Boston. The event, which takes place at 5 p.m. in the Linda K. Paresky Conference Center, 300 The Fenway, is free and open to the public.

The lecture titled, "Connectivity of Conflicts in Sudan," will analyze the relationship of the Darfur conflict and the independence referendum and their potential impact on Sudan and its oil reserves, and the wider implications for Africa and major world powers.

Dr. Lobban is a professor of anthropology and African studies at Rhode Island College. He previously served as director for the Program of African and Afro-American studies at Rhode Island College.

The annual Simmons College Warburg Lecture Series calls upon national and international experts to explore important current issues in international relations. The Warburg Lecture Series was established at Simmons College in the early 1980s by Simmons Emerita Trustee Joan Melber Warburg, a 1945 Simmons graduate. Each year, lecturers are chosen who have made significant contributions to important areas of international relations.

Simmons College is a nationally recognized private university located in the heart of Boston. It offers an undergraduate education for women, and renowned coeducational graduate programs in health sciences, education, liberal arts, social work, library and information science, and communications management, as well as the nation's first MBA program designed specifically for women.