The 2018 OSA Annual Conference Program (final)

The 2018 OSA Annual Conference Program (Final)

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 Dates:  August 4th – 5th,  2018
Themes Oromo Political Organizations: Challenges and Prospects (August 4)
Oromo National Interests: Views, Pitfalls and Parameters (August 5)
Venue Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center (Conference Rm. A & B)
The Catholic University of America (CUA)
Washington, DC

Conference Agenda

August 4th 2018

8:00 am to 9:00 am Registration
9:05 am to 9:10 am Opening speech

Teferi Mergo, OSA President

9:15 am to 9:30 am Blessings
Religious Leaders and Elders
9:30 am to 10:20 am United Liberation Forces of Oromia (ULFO)
Speaker: ULFO Representative (TBA)
Moderated by: Bedhasa Tadesse
10:25 am to 11:10 am Panel Discussion/Roundtable: Oromo Religious Leaders’ views on the Challenges Facing Oromo Political Organizations

Chair: Bonnie Holcomb
Asnake T. Irko: A Waaqeffataa View
Sheikh Abdurahim Ahmed Doyo: An Islamic View
Benti U. Tesso, PhD: A Christian Perspective

11:15 am to 12:15 pm Adda Tokkichummaa Walabummaa Oromiyaa (ATWO)
Speaker: ATWO representative (TBA)
Moderator: Rundassa Eshete
12:15 pm to 1:15 pm Lunch Break
1:20 pm to 2:20 pm Featured Speech:
Obbo Dirrib Demissie (Macca fi Tuulama)
Introduction by: Aadde Berhane Kebede
1:45 pm to 2:45 pm Oromo Democratic Front (ODF)
Speaker: Dr. Beyan Asoba
Moderator: Mekuria Bulcha
2:50 pm to 3:50 pm Oromo Liberation Front (OLF)
Speaker: Obbo Odaa Xasee
Moderator: Asafa Jalata
3:55 pm to 4:55 pm Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC)
Speaker: Obbo Bekele Gerba
Moderator: Mohammed Hassen
4:55 pm to 6:00 pm An American Premiere of a documentary film about Oromo filmmakers in Ethiopia
Producer: Vic Castello
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Business Meeting (members only)

August 5th 2018

A Symposium on “Oromo National Interests: Views, Pitfalls and Parameters”

8:00 to 9:00 am Registration
9:05 to 9:15 am Opening Speech
Asfaw Beyene, OSA Board Chair Persons
9:20 am  to 10:20 am Panel: Lessons from history to protect Oromo national interest

Chair: Mohammed Hassen

Oromo nationalism: Ethiopia or Kush? Benti U. Tesso (PhD)

The Oromo elite and the Ethiopian state: Lessons from the past, Guluma Gemeda (PhD), Professor, University of Michigan, USA

The socio-political, economic and health impacts of state sponsored massive crackdowns: Lessons from recent history. What tools and strategies do Oromo political prganizations need to mitigate damages from massive casualties? Ibrahim A Elemo, M.D., M.P.H, USA

10:30 am to 12:30 pm Panel Discussion/Round Table:  Advancing Oromo national interests – the prominent political views

Chair: Guluma Gemeda

Independence: An inalienable right and a prerequisite for the survival and development of the Oromo nation, Mekuria Bulcha (PhD), Professor, The Nordic Institute, Sweden

Arguments in favor of Ethiopia as a Federal State, Beyan Asoba (Dr.), Oromo Democratic Front

A Liberation view to advance Oromo national interests: Alemahehu Biru (PhD)

Federation as a solution to safeguard Oromo national interests, Bekele GerbaD), Associate Professor, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

A caution for the benevolent: Could your revolution be hijacked? Asfaw Beyene (PhD), Professor, San Diego State University, USA

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm Lunch Break
1:40 pm to 3:15 pm Panel Discussion:  Advancing Oromo national interests – the potential pitfalls

Chair: Bichaka Fayissa

Promoting management and leadership effectiveness in Oromo organizations, Ismail Abdullahi (PhD), Associate Professor, North Carolina State University, USA

Politico-cultural prerequisites to advance Oromo national interests, Asafa Jalata (PhD), Professor, University of Tennessee, USA

The elite factor as a constraint for promoting Oromo national interests: Insights from the new political-economy theories; Teferi Mergo (PhD), Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo, Canada

The state of Oromo Advocacy: Successes and Challenges, Bonnie Holcomb, Senior Research Associate, The George Washington University, USA

Guarding Oromo national interests: Potential dangers in the transition phase, Lami Begna, Independent Researcher, Norway

3:25 pm to 4:25 pm Panel: The Oromo national interest in the context of urbanization, liberalization, and globalization

Chair: Ismail Abdullahi

The city as an agent of civilization: why controlling our cities is critical to Oromo national interests, Getahun Benti (PhD), Professor, Southern Illinois University, USA

The Oromo national interest in the context of economic liberalization: A focus on land policy: 1) Bedhasa Tadesse (PhD), Professor, University of Minnesota (Duluth), USA; 2) Bichaka Fayissa (PhD), Professor, Middle Tennessee State University, USA

*Laissez-faire Plus*  to Advance Oromo economic interests, 1) Teferi Mergo (PhD), Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo, Canada; 2) Kebede Fedha (PhD), Economist, The World Bank, USA

4:30 pm to 5:30 pm Panel Discussion:  Oromo (Political) Organizations and Oromo National Interests

Chair: Rundasa Eshete, PhD

Unveiling the myth of Tokkummaa in Oromo Political Parties, Henok Gabissa (PhD), Faculty Member, Washington & Lee University School of Law, USA

The role of Civil Society Organizations –  Systems Thinking as an approach to empower citizens, Jemal Ibrahim, Global Gumi Oromia, USA

Paths towards creating transcendental strategic alliances among Oromo Political Organizations, Habtamu Dugo, M.A., M.S., Faculty Member, University of District of Columbia, USA

The challenges of Oromo political organizations: The façade of multi-ethnic political parties in Ethiopia, Ameyu Godesso Roro, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany

5:30 pm to 6:00 pm Concluding Remarks
Kulani Jalata, Incoming OSA President

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