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MPP Forum: Barbie, Liberia, and the Demands of Democracy with Lilian Best (GCD)

MPP Forum Speaker Flyer
Date & Time Feb 14 2024 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Location Robertson Hall
Bowl 002
Topics Politics
Lilian Best '24
Audience Restricted to SPIA graduate students, faculty and fellows

In January 2024, Liberia inaugurated a new president - only the second time in 80 years that one living head of state has handed power over to another. How did we get here? And, twenty years post-conflict, how can this African, Caribbean, and American experiment succeed? Themes from the Barbie movie punctuate the presentation, highlighting issues of identity, power, self-determination, and citizenship.

MPP Forum is a weekly event normally scheduled with lunch* on Fridays during the academic year. It allows each MPP student to showcase their career journey and expertise on policy issue of their choice with the SPIA community. This formal presentation is about 50 minutes followed by Q&A.

*RSVP required. Lunch will be served at noon. We will try our best but cannot guarantee accommodation for all dietary restrictions.

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