Ivory Coast scholar visiting at MC presents research on war refugees

March 20, 2003

Walarigaton Coulibaly, a visiting scholar at Maryville College from the University of Cocody in Abidjan, the Ivory Coast, will present an address entitled “Refugees and Conflict in Host Countries in West Africa” at 3 p.m., April 4, in the College’s Center for Campus Ministry.

The presentation, which draws from Coulibaly’s doctoral dissertation on the same topic, is free and open to the public.

Coulibaly (who goes by “Wallace” while in the United States) came to Maryville College in February and is scheduled to stay until May. While at the College, he has been finishing research on his dissertation but has also helped teach French language classes and lecture on African culture, anthropology and economics.

A Ph.D. candidate in peace culture and humanitarian action at the University of Cocody, Coulibaly is a program facilitator for the Alliance for Global Sustainability and a former Peace Corps language instructor.

The subject of war refugees is one he and his native country knows tragically well. Last September, rebel forces organized a coup to overthrow Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo. They now control half of the west African country, which has seen hundreds killed and more than a million displaced in the uprising and strife.

For more information on the April 4 address, contact Dr. Scott Brunger at 865.981.8262.