In his recent book A Continent for the Taking, Howard French provides an account of the disastrous consequences of the fateful, centuries-old encounter between Africa and the West. Raised in Washington, DC, French first traveled to Africa after college, before joining the press to report on the continent in the 1980s. Now a senior writer for the New York Times living in Shanghai, he reports on the ever-shifting politics of the worlds fastest-growing economy. Join French for a lecture on the key issues facing China at a time of great economic, social, and cultural transition, and a discussion about the connections between the West, the lost continent of Africa, and the rising superpower of the East.
Since 1986, French has reported for the Times from Central America, the Caribbean, West and Central Africa, Japan, Korea, and now China. His web site, howardwfrench.com, features writings, photographs from his travels, music reviews, and recommended reading lists.