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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Oct. 21, 2009

Hesse gives lessons on Africa in Last Lecture

Brian Hesse

Dr. Brian Hesse

Dr. Brain Hesse, an expert in U.S.-African relations and an associate professor of history, humanities, philosophy and political science, will deliver this year's Last Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Boardroom. His lecture is titled "Lessons in Life from Africa, the Arab World and Beyond."

Sponsored by Sigma Pi Sigma, an honorary society for students who have received Presidential Scholarships, the annual event gives Northwest faculty members the opportunity to speak as they would during the last lecture of their careers. Admission is free and the lecture is open to the public.

Hesse joined the Northwest faculty in 2002 and specializes in international political economy and international relations. His current research deals with Somalia and the Horn of Africa.

He is a first-generation university graduate, initially earning a dual bachelor's degree in political science and history from Kansas State University, along with a secondary degree in international studies. Subsequently, the British government offered Hesse a Marshall Scholarship, which he used to earn a Ph.D. in international relations from the London School of Economics.

When not in the classroom, Hesse prefers to be on the African continent where, since 1998, he has been a seasonal guide and safari leader for the U.S.-based company Cowabunga Safaris . His research and work on the African continent has taken him from Egypt to South Africa and from Senegal to Zanzibar.

In addition to articles in The Journal of Contemporary African Studies, International Journal, The Journal of Asia-Pacific Affairs and African Studies Review, Hesse is the author of the book "The United States, South Africa & Africa: Of Grand Foreign Policy Aims and Modest Means."

For more information about the Last Lecture Series, call Dr. John Fisher at 660.562.1827 or e-mail Colin Pettegrew at .

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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