60th Anniversary of Emperorâ€™s Visit to Take Place June 18
STILLWATER, OklahomaÂ â€“ Oklahoma State University will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassieâ€™s visit to the university on June 18, 2014.
The event will take place at 9 a.m. in the Wes Watkins Auditorium with guest speakers discussing a range of topics including the Emperorâ€™s visit and Ethiopiaâ€™s past and current ties with OSU. This will be free to the public, and anyone is welcome to come. Following the presentation, there will be a lunch at 12 p.m. and authentic Ethiopian food will be served. A ticket is necessary for the luncheon and the first 50 people to register will receive a free ticket. You may register for tickets atÂ www.iso.okstate.edu.
â€œOn June 18, 1954, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, an iconic figure of the 20th century, came to Oklahoma A&M College to personally thank the college and its administration for their work in assisting in modernized agriculture and education in his nation under one of the first Point Four Programs,â€ said Theodore Vestal, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at OSU.
Vestal will be one of the guest speakers, who will be talking about Emperor Selassieâ€™s visit to Oklahoma, which was also his first state to visit in the United States.
â€œWe are excited about this event, honoring the ties between Ethiopia and Oklahoma State University,â€ said David Henneberry, Associate Vice-President of International Studies and Outreach. â€œI hope that this is only the beginning of our continued work with Ethiopia.â€
Also scheduled to speak are Barbara Stoecker, Regents Professor and Marilynn Thoma Chair who will discuss her research in Ethiopia; Worede Gebremariam, President of the Ethiopian Student Association; Jack Herron, Government Relations Director for Professional Oklahoma Educators whose parents were involved in the Ethiopia program; Jeremy Bennett, field representative for Congressman Frank Lucas who spent a summer studying abroad in Ethiopia and will talk about his experiences and Mel Tewahade, Director of the Point Four Documentaries.
Source: Oklahoma State University