Howard French to speak on Thursday, April 9 at 6 p.m. in Gannett Auditorium

Published: March 30th, 2015

Category: Faculty opportunities, General News/Interest

Howard FrenchHoward W. French, a former New York Times senior writer and an expert on foreign affairs, will deliver a keynote address on “China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants are Building a New Empire in Africa,” on Thursday, April 9, at 6 p.m. in Weimer Hall’s Gannett Auditorium. The speech is free and open to the public and is part of a two-day UF conference on China’s strategy in Africa that begins that morning.

French is currently an associate professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Until July 2008, he was the chief of the New York Times’ Shanghai bureau. Prior to this assignment, he headed bureaus in Japan, West and Central Africa, Central America and the Caribbean. French’s work for the newspaper in both Africa and in China has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He has won numerous other awards, including the Overseas Press Club award and the Grantham Prize. French speaks English, Chinese, Japanese, French, and Spanish.

The conference is sponsored by The Center for African Studies, the College of Journalism and Communications, the Division of Sponsored Research and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Warrington College of Business Administration, the UF Center for International Studies, Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations, the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, Department of Political Science, The African-American Program, the Department of Anthropology and the Center for Latin American Studies. For more information, visit: or contact Michael Leslie at