Veteran New York Times columnist Howard French is in the 5 college area this week. His book, A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa covers his 25 years of reporting from there. French went to the Ivory Coast shortly after graduating from the University of Massachusetts. He spoke on the UMass campus yesterday, and said the world’s disdain and disinterest toward Africa has in some ways encouraged the recent genocides in Rwanda and the Sudan.
French will speak this afternoon at 4:30 in Seelye Hall at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.