Pulitzer Prize finalist Howard French comes to Brussels at the invitation of Jonathan Holslag and VUB

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Thursday, May 26, 2022 — Renowned author and professor Howard French will give a lecture in the prestigious Gothic Hall of Brussels City Hall on Monday 30 May. French is the author of the renowned book Born in Blackness: Africa, Africans, and the Making of the Modern World, 1471 to the Second World War. In this work, described by the New York Times as "moving, humbling, and essential reading", French brilliantly argues the case for the recognition of Africa’s immense contribution to modernity. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A with the author, moderated by VUB professor of international politics Jonathan Holslag. #TheWorldNeedsYou #TWNY


- 18.30-19.00: Guests arrive

- 19.00-19.10: Welcome by the mayor of Brussels

- 19.10-20.00: Lecture

- 20.20-20.50: Q&A moderated by Jonathan Holslag

- 20.50-21.00: Closing speech by Pascal Smet, Brussels minister of foreign affairs

Please register here.

Howard W French is an author and professor of journalism at Columbia University. He was the New York Times bureau chief in the Caribbean and Central America, West and Central Africa, Tokyo and Shanghai. He has been nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize and has written five books.

This is the first in a prestigious VUB lecture series on the current state of the world. Great contemporary thinkers and academic experts will be invited to shed light on the global social and economic shift taking place. Through debates, discussions and Q&As, they will comment on the existential challenges of our time and suggest possible solutions.

The series is part of the VUB project The World Needs You , through which VUBers are committed to making the world a better place.