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The 2010 OSA Annual Conference Program – Howard University, Washington DC, on July 31 and August 1

Posted: Adoolessa/July 15, 2010 · Finfinne Tribune | Gadaa.com | Comments (4)

The following is the schedule of programs and events of the 2010 OSA Conference. The pdf version of the schedule can be found here.

Oromo Studies Association (OSA)
Twenty-Forth Annual Conference

Place: Howard University NW, Washington, D.C 20059
Dates: July 31,2010 to August 1, 2010

Theme: “Rethinking the Urgency of Paradigm shift for Democracy, Human Rights and Social Justice in the Age of Intensified Globalization”

SCHEDULE OF PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

Saturday, July 31, 2010

08:00–09:30 AM

Registration:
Hosted by the Local Organizing Committee

_______________________________________ Saturday, July 31, 2010
09:30–09:45 AM

Blessings:
Rev. Shamsudin Abdo

09:45–10:30 AM

Opening Remarks:
Haile Hirpa, President, Oromo Studies Association
Bonnie Holcomb, Chair, OSA Board of Directors

Oromo Poem by Zelealem Aberra

_______________________________________ Saturday, July 31, 2010
10:30–11:30 AM

Keynote Address:
“Urgency of Paradigm shift for Democracy, Human Rights and Social Justice in Oromia and East Africa.”

Speaker: Professor M.I. Aguilar, Chair of Religion and Politics, and Director of the Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics (CSRP), University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland, the UK

_______________________________________ Saturday, July 31, 2010
11:30 AM – 12:45 PM

PANEL I: TOWARD BUILDING NATIONAL CONSENSUS IN THE OROMO NATIONAL MOVEMENT AND BEYOND: Positive Attributes, Obstacles, and Missing Ingredients

Discussant: Mohammed Hassen Ali
Chair: Asafa Jalata, PhD, Department of Sociology, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Panelists: Harwood Schaffer, Dr. Ezekiel Gebissa, Dr. Daniel Ayana, and Dr. Asafa Jalata.

_______________________________________ Saturday, July 31, 2010
12:45–02:00 PM

PANEL II: HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN OROMIA AND OTHER PARTS OF ETHIOPIA

Discussant: TBA
Chair: Mohammed Hassen Ali, PhD, Department of History, Georgia State University
Panelists: Obbo Garoma Bekele, Dr. Trevor Trueman, Obbo Berhane Meskel Abebe, Rev. Shamsudin Abdo and Dr. Mohammed Hassen Ali

_______________________________________ Saturday, July 31, 2010
02:00–03:00 PM

Lunch Break
Arranged by the Local Organizing Committee

_______________________________________ Saturday, July 31, 2010
03:00–04:30 PM

PANEL III: POLITICAL EVOLUTION ON A PLATFORM WRECKED BY CONFLICTS AND CONTROVERSIES

Discussant: TBA
Chair: Asfaw Beyene, PhD, Department of Mechanical Engineering, San Diego University

Panelists:

Dr. Beyan Asoba,
Ethiopia’s Political Accounting of the Last Two Decades

Dr. Berhanu Nega,
Ethnic Identity and Political Developments of the Last Two Decades

Ambassador David Shinn,
U.S. Policy for East Africa

Dr. Asfaw Beyene,
Unity and Ethiopian Political Ethos

_______________________________________ Saturday, July 31, 2010
03:00–04:45 PM

Coffee Break
Hosted by the Local Organizing Committee with funds from the Georgia State University

_______________________________________ Saturday, July 31, 2010
04:45–06:00 PM

PANEL IV: OROMO RELATIONS

Discussant: TBA

“Urban Growth in Oromiya During the Italian Occupation, 1936-1941”
By Getahun Benti, Department of History, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (SIUC)

“Combating Climate Change VS Media Development in Ethiopia”
By Aregash M. Deressa

“Navigating Acculturation to Build Strong Oromo Family: The Case of Domestic Violence”
By Tsahai Wodajo

_______________________________________ Saturday, July 31, 2010
06:15–08:00 PM

OSA BUSINESS MEETING
Members Only
Haile Hirpa, President
Bonnie Holcomb, Chair, Board of Directors

_______________________________________ Saturday, July 31, 2010



Sunday, August 1, 2010

08:30–10:30 AM

OSA BUSINESS MEETING
Registered Members Only

_______________________________________ Sunday, August 1, 2010
10:45–11:30 AM

Keynote Address:
“Oromo Unity: What Will the Future of the Oromos Be and Where is the Oromo Struggle Leading to?”

Speaker: Obbo Taha Abdi, Prominent Oromo Leader

_______________________________________ Sunday, August 1, 2010
11:30 AM – 01:00 PM

PANEL V: THE CHALLENGES OF OROMO YOUNG GENERATION

“The Challenges of Oromo Young Generation: Where Do We Go from Here?”

Chair: TBA

Panelists:

Jawar Mohammed
Reexamining Identity Politics: Searching for Alternatives Ways of Advancing Human Security, Liberty and Prosperity in the Horn of Africa

Beka A. Jalata
What Can the Oromo National Movement Learn from Amilcar Cabral’s Political Philosophy and the PAIGC?

Abdella Abdou
Oromia and Ethiopia: Between Revolution and Globalization

Oromo Poem: by Zelealem Aberra

_______________________________________ Sunday, August 1, 2010
01:00–02:00 PM

Lunch Break
Arranged by the Local Organizing Committee

_______________________________________ Sunday, August 1, 2010
02:00-04:00 PM

PANEL VI: OROMIA: ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION

Discussant: TBA

Chair: Gobena Huluka, PhD
Environmental and Socio-Political Consequences of Land Grab by Foreign Corporations in Oromia

Dr. Guluma Gemeda
Coffee Farmers and the State: Responses to Global Market Crises in Ethiopia, 1930-2008

Dr. Sutuma Edessa (Ecologist)
Ecological impacts and shrinks of productive lands due to improper land use systems: the case of Finfinne and surroundings (Oromia)

Dr. Tekleab Shibru Gala
Right of the Environment or Environmental Right: a forgotten “right” in the midst of a stubborn human rights “violation”

Mr. Tarekegn Kebede Godobe
The Toxic Truth of the Flower Business and the Fate of Oromo’s Young Generation

Mr. Gemechu Adimassu Abeshu
Land and Power; Change and continuities inland grab in Oromia

Dr. Zewdie Jotte Tullu
Institutions and Conflicts in Coffee Forest Management: the Case of Geba-Dogi Forest in Ilu Abba Bora Zone of Southwest Ethiopia

_______________________________________ Sunday, August 1, 2010
04:00–04:45 PM

Panel VII: HEALTH AND HIV/AIDS ISSUE

Discussant: TBA
Chair: Begna Dugassa, PhD

Panelists:

Gudata Hinika, MD
Infectious Disease and nutritional deficiencies in Oromia

Degefa Abdissa (Bsc(PH) MD)
Elephantiasis (lymphatic filariasis) in Oromia and Surrounding Region

Begna Fufa Dugassa, PhD
Pathology of Colonialism – Trojan Horses of HIV/AIDS in Oromia

Bikila Dejene W.
Infections Diseases and Health Challenges in Oromia, the Role of Biostatistics

_______________________________________ Sunday, August 1, 2010
04:45–6:45 PM

PANEL VIII: OROMO ECONOMY, CULTURE, AND LANGUAGE

Discussant: TBA
Chair: Badhassa Tadesse, PhD

Disparities in Land Holding Sizes in Oromia and Other Regions in Ethiopia: Livelihood Implications for Oromo Farmers
By Bedhassa Tadesse, PhD, and Bichaka Fayissa, PhD

Economic Liberalization in East Africa: Its effects on Poverty, Land Market, Peasant Agriculture and Environment: The Case of Oromia, Ethiopia
By Iddoosaa Ejjetaa, PhD

Spirits and Social Justice: Jarrii Possession in Oromia
By Peri Klemm, PhD

Afaan Oromoo morphology, specifically developing the
first-ever software to analyze Oromo words into their constituent morphemes

By Michael Gasser, PhD

Afaan Oromoo Haabarannu
By Zalealem Aberra

_______________________________________ Sunday, August 1, 2010
06:45–07:00 PM

Closing Remarks:
Bonnie Holcomb, Chair, Board of Directors
Begna Dugassa, Incoming President, Oromo Studies Association

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4 Responses in THE COMMENT SECTION

  1. Walfidaa

    Jul 15, 10 at 4:30 pm

    The topic of the OSA-conference is really good! “Rethinking the Urgency of Paradigm shift for Democracy, Human Rights and Social Justice in the Age of Intensified Globalization.” But what do the concerned people mean by paradigm shift? Shift of Kaayyoo or shift of Karaa to the Kaayyoo? At which level of the Oromo political evolution are the panelists and participants moving? We like it or not, all Oromo individuals and institutions do pass through certain evolution process from level one to level five, unlike Dr Negasso Gidaada’s backward evolution move from the fourth level to the first level. Here is the Oromo political evolution:

    – the first level of the evolution is that of those who do support unitary Abyssinian Empire (AE) as Oromo in Habesha organizations like AEUP, EDP, EPPF, EPRP, G-7 and UDJ are doing (they deny the existence of Oromia and do cry about only Imiye Ethiopia). Are panelists like Dr Berihanu moving at this level?

    – the second level of those acting like OPDO, who do claim to be Oromo and believe in the existence of Oromia, but do accept and adore Abyssinian rule over the Occupied Oromia (OO).

    – the third level of those acting like OFC, who do claim to to be Oromo and demand Oromian Autonomy (OA) at least within Ethiopian UNION. Are panelists like Jawar moving at this level?

    – the fourth level of those acting like ULFO and do claim the unconditional Oromian Independence (OI) in a form of an independent Gadaa Repubic. Is there any one from such ONLY pro-Walabummaa without a possibility for a UNION of independent nations of the region in the conference?

    – the fifth level of those searching to foster the Oromian UNION (OU) planned by AFD, i.e a union of independent nations in the Horn which brings all Oromo in the Horn (in Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, Kenia and Tanzania) together. I think people like Professor Mohammed Hassen and Prof Assefa Jalata are moving at this level!

    The question yet to be answered is how many of the Oromo individuals taking part in the conference and the Oromo institutions they do represent did finish their evolution process? I know there are some who already have completed their evolution, but tactically make the rhetoric of the lower levels of the evolution. But yet there are some who still are convinced to live and move at their lower level of the Oromo political evolution! Which one is the position of each panelist and participant? The position of the compelled ones, who do consider the lower levels as their tactical goal or the position of the convinced ones, who do accept the lower levels as their strategical goal?

  2. Lammii Boonsaa

    Jul 17, 10 at 2:02 pm

    As far as upcoming OSA conference concerned, in my opinion, it is not so important who is invited to the Conference whether it is Habashaa elites or others. Important is the topic on which all will be discussing and its outcome. It is not bad to hear what Habashas going to say in front of Oromo public and it is even good to challenge them using this face to face opportunity.

    Obboo Walfidaa,

    The questions raised by you are right and legitimate. The big question is, as you said, what the “paradigm shift” does mean. As it can be seen from the OSA Conference Schedule of Programs, the panellists are different people who seem to be from different political background and eventually different political visions. What do they have in common? Who does want to approach whom? Is it paradigm shift for unitarist Habashaa political organisations and their leaders like Dr. Berhanu Naga to accept the existence of Oromia and the question of Oromo people? Or does it mean that Oromo nationalists who advocate independence of Oromia now change their mind to accept democratization of the empire?

    Moreover, your classification of Oromo political evolution into five levels is nice and interesting. However, raising the idea of bringing together of all Oromos from different countries in the horn is not relevant at this stage. Whish and reality are different. Now, it is not a right time to discuss such issue and about great Oromo. It is not clever to mention such things at this stage as it seems like Habashaa proverb: “Ye qoxun awerdalehu bila ye bibitwan xalechi”.

  3. Walfidaa

    Jul 18, 10 at 6:45 pm

    Obbo Lammii,
    galatoomi yaada keef! I think having Oromian UNION (Horn Union) as the fifth level of our Oromo political evolution is not as such disadvantegious as you said! The first level of the Abyssinian Empire is really obsolete and past; Oromian current occupation by Abyssinians is only a temporary suffering; Oromian Autonomy within Ethiopian Union of OFC’s plan is our tactical kaayyoo; Oromian Independence of ULFO’s plan as a Gadaa Republic is our CORE-kaayyoo and last but not least an Oromian Union (Union of Independent Nations in the Horn) planned by AFD is our beneficial strategical Kayyoo. Having a plan is not the same to “ye qooxuun awurd bilaa, ye bibituwaan xaalech”! Having such lasting plan for the fifth level is not a hinderance for achieving the fourth level (Walabummaa Oromia).

  4. Gurmeessaa

    Jul 22, 10 at 9:34 am

    Walfidaa
    Intelligent and smart. I agree at all.
    Lammii
    Beekaan kan garaasaa garumatti qabatee dubbii diina isatti hin baayyifnemmoo gadi baafata. Those who are at the same level of understanding should comunicate telepatically. Not verbal and in public.