Symposium On

“Promoting Civil Liberties, Collective Security, and Development in Post-Conflict Liberia”

Jointly Sponsored By

North Carolina A&T State University & the Liberian History, Education Development, Inc. (LIHEDE)
 in collaboration with Bennett College of Greensboro, North Carolina

Theme of Symposium:                    Mapping Out Appropriate Strategies for the Redevelopment of Liberia


Date & Time of Symposium:           October 29-30, 2004 from 8:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M. each day


Venue of Symposium:                     NC A&T State University’s Union Exhibit Hall on October 29, 2004 and Union SBR Foyer on October 30, 2004.


The symposium organizing committee of the Liberian History, Education, and Development, Inc. (LIHEDE) would like to invite you to attend this very important national symposium on Liberia, which is aimed at mapping out appropriate strategies for the reconstruction and redevelopment of the war-ravaged country of Liberia. Greensboro City Mayor Keith Holliday will formally welcome symposium participants and guests to the City of Greensboro.


The symposium would include panel discussions and presentations by mostly Liberian professionals, academicians, Liberian community leaders, and former Liberian government officials on selected topics of interest to the redevelopment of Liberia, including healthcare services, decentralization, education, press freedom, and socio-economic and political reforms. Liberian community leaders, academicians, professionals, and former government officials, presenting papers or serving as panelists at the symposium include Mr. T. Nelson Williams, Sr., Mr. Bai M. Gbala, Mr. Nyan Flomo, the Rev. J. Emmanuel Z. Bowier, Mrs. Mydea Reeves-Karpeh, Mr. Sam Togba Slewion, Mr. Bodioh Siapoe, Mr. Miamen Z.Z. Wopea, Mr. Dennis B. Garsinii, the Rev. Joseph M.N. Gbadyu, Dr. Abraham L. James, Dr. Abdoulaye W. Dukulé, Dr. Mariah Seton, Dr. James Tarpeh, Dr. D. Edwood Dunn, Dr. J. Teah Tarpeh, Dr. James S. Guseh, Dr. Emmanuel Dolo, Dr. Cyril Broderick, Dr. Margaret Kromah, Dr. Lawrence A. Zumo, Cllr. Philip A. Z. Banks, III, Mr. Tarty Teh, Mr. Arthur Watson, Mrs. Mai Yuan, Lt. J. Kessel Tarley, Gerry Corneau, and Victor Rapozo.


Thanks in advance for your cooperation, and please confirm your participation by phone or email.





Nat Galarea Gbessagee

Secretary General, LIHEDE

Syrulwa Somah, Ph.D.

Executive Director, LIHEDE

Symposium Topics and Presenters



Free Press & Responsibility in the New Liberia

Mr. T. Nelson Williams

Former Chairman, Mass Communications Department, University of Liberia

Liberian Socio-Cultural Realities & the Challenge for Nation Building

Rev. J.  Emmanuel Z. Bowier

Former Minister of Information, Culture & Tourism, Republic of Liberia

The Role of Women in Post-Conflict Liberia

Mrs. Mydea Reeves-Karpeh

Former President, ULAA

Ethnic Diversity and Socio-Economic Development in the New Liberia

Dr. Mariah Seton

Education Consultant

Mental Health & Social Rehabilitation

in Liberia

Dr. Emmanuel Dolo

Principal Investigator, Minority Mental Health Service Utilization Research Project, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lifeworks International Evaluation and Consulting, Minnesota. 



Women and Small Business Development

in Post-Conflict Liberia

Mrs. Mia Quipu Yuan, Former President, UNICCO, Agronomist

A New Partnership for Liberia’s Development



Ms. Roberto Rashid, Former President, ULLA

Mr. Arthur Watson, President, ULLA

Justice and Civil Liberties Post-Conflict Liberia

 Mr. Kabineh Ja’neh, Minister of Justice, Republic of Liberia

The Sunday Project: A Model for Rehabilitating Children and Mentally-Challenged Adults in War-Weary Liberia


Mr. Gerry Corneau & Ms.Victor Rapozo


Redefining Liberian-American Relations

in the New Liberia

Dr. Abraham L. James

Former Assistant to President W.V.S. Tubman; Adjunct Professor of History at The Comey Institute, Saint Joseph’s University, Pennsylvania

Confronting a Spread of Tuberculosis

In Post-Conflict Liberia

Margaret Kromah, DDS, MPH

General Dental Practice

Improving Airports and Highways in Liberia

Mr. Tarty Teh

Deputy Commissioner of Maritime, Republic of Liberia

Proposal for an All-Liberian Diaspora Conference

Dr. James Tarpeh, Former Ambassador to Nigeria;  Prof. D. Elwood Dunn, Professor of Political Science
University of the South, Sewanee
; Dr. Syrulwa Somah; Executive Director, LIHEDE; Mr. Bodioh Siapoe, National Chairman, Coalition of Progressive Liberians in the Americas (COPLA),  et al.

Decentralization in the New Liberia:

Pros and Cons

Mr. Bai M. Gbala

Former Presidential Political Advisor, Liberia

Imperatives for Collective Security

in the New Liberia

Lawrence A. Zumo, MD

Neurologist with sub-specialization in Autonomic Nervous System Disorders, Syncope and HIV Neurology

Reorganization of the Liberian Military


Lt. J. Kessel Tarley, US Military

United States Veteran Hospital, New York

Food, Agriculture and Peace in Liberia

Cyril E. Broderick, Sr. (Ph.D.)

Department of  Agriculture & Natural Resources
Delaware State University

Government Policies and Update on Current Developments in Liberia

Hon. Charles A. Minor, Liberian Ambassador to the US & Dr.  C. William Allen, Minister of Information, Culture & Tourism, Republic of Liberia


  Keynote Speaker: The Reverend Father, Dr. Robert G. Tikpor of the Catholic Diocese of Monrovia would deliver the keynote address on, “The Role of Religion in Post-Civil War Liberia.

Objectives of the Symposium

The key objectives of the symposium are to:

§         Provide a forum for all Liberians of different spheres and backgrounds to come together to find practical solutions to social and economic problems in Liberia

§         Stimulate greater interest among 150-200 sons and daughters of Liberia to make a trip home for two – three weeks in 2005 to conduct workshops and seminars aimed at rallying the Liberian people towards national unity and national consciousness.

§         Engage the Liberian government regarding the redevelopment priorities of Liberia

Background Information


The Liberian nation and people suffered great losses in terms of human life, human resources, capital investments, and infrastructural developments during the Liberian civil wars from 1989 to 2003. As a result, Liberia’s social, economic, political, cultural, and educational institutions were severely destroyed and now await urgent rebuilding, repairs, or improvements in order to promote a better quality of life for the Liberian people. But the process of rebuilding the institutions of Liberia involves the collective efforts of all Liberians and friends of Liberia, including careful planning and implementation of appropriate national development programs.


And it is in this light that the NC A& T State University at Greensboro, North Carolina and Bennett College at Greensboro, North Carolina have graciously accepted to sponsor, along with the Liberian History, Education and Development, Inc. (LIHEDE), a symposium on, “Promoting Civil Liberties, Collective Security, and Development in Post-Conflict Liberia”, scheduled for October 29-30, 2004 on the main campuses of the two higher education institutions in Greensboro, from 8:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M on Friday and 9:00 A.M.-4:30 P.M on Saturday.


The symposium will serve as a reminder to all Liberians that any nation, in its struggles for national development and political power, must first and foremost draw upon its own past and way of life. For while it is no secret that Liberia played an important role in the independence struggles of many African countries in its capacity as Africa’s oldest independent republic, Liberia did not sadly create the kind of thriving political culture and national development programs befitting of its statute. But even at that, the evolution of Liberia's worldwide political contributions and creativity are well documented and can be further studied as a source of enlightenment. These truisms about Liberia’s contribution to the League of Nations, the Organization of African Unity (now African Union), the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and to the formation of the State of Israel not only exist, but also reflect her potential for self resurrection, self –development and the fight for political unity.


Accordingly, the symposium on “Promoting Civil Liberties, Collective Security, and Development in Post-Conflict Liberia” is intended to emphasize that after 14 years of two devastating civil wars, Liberia unconsciously entered a new era, a new political horizon, where success and progress will begin with the collective showcasing of the talents of all Liberians in finding of practical solutions to the many problems facing Liberia today. Liberians need to rally around each other to create a national blueprint for the reconstruction and development of Liberia in areas such as politics, education, economics, agriculture, culture, and so forth

Liberia is in urgent need of the creative talents of all her sons and daughters in the rebuilding of the country. It is no longer enough for those living abroad to waste a lifetime waiting for the right opportunity, the right moment, the right international organizations, or the right man or women to come along to fix and rebuild Liberia. Liberia is currently suffering from a huge brain drain, national leadership, and meaningful socio-economic development, and we need to make whatever contributions we can toward the rebuilding of Liberia, whether or not we become or aspire to be presidential candidates, cabinet ministers, directors, or civil servants. The needs of Liberia are so great right now that every private citizen can make a great difference in rebuilding Liberia, especially those of us abroad. And the symposium on “Promoting Civil Liberties, Collective Security, and Development in Post-Conflict Liberia,” could be a starting point, if not a gateway to launching meaningful development projects in Liberia for the betterment of the Liberian people.

Symposium Contacts & General Information



Symposium Contacts


North Carolina             


Syrulwa Somah                        

336-334-7586 Cell: 336-456-8075             


Mr. James Hunder

336- 703-9681



Mr. Marvin Dickerson





Nat Galarea Gbessagee





Siahyonkron Nyanseor



Symposium Sponsors


North Carolina


NC A&T State University

Department of History

Department of Politics Science

Department of Occupational Safety & Health

School of Technology

1601E Market Street

Greensboro, NC 27411

336- 334-7567


Bennett College for Women

900E. Washington St
Greensboro NC, 27401-3239



Liberian History, Education & Development, Inc.

2285 Rothwood Acres Drive

Greensboro, NC 27406

336-697-7156/336-324-8235 or 336-334-7586


Car Rental, Lodging, and Airline Information


By special arrangement with LIHEDE, Holiday Inn Hotel, located at 3114 Cedar Park Road off I-40 (Exit 128) will provide lodging at a special rate of $65.00 for a double bed room. When making reservation give them the Agreement Code: LIHEDE.

Please make your reservations ASAP. The hotel is within 3 minutes distance of NC A&T State University and Bennett College. For reservation and further information please call (800) 284-1493/or (336) 697-4000

By special arrangement with LIHEDE, Motel 6 located at 831 Green Heaven (Exit 122C) off I-40 (Exit 122C) is offering a special rate for symposium attendees of $37.99 per night for a deluxe room. To reserve a room, call Motel 6 directly at (1-800 466-8356 or 336-854-0993) indicating that you are attending the symposium. The hotel is within 7 minutes distance of NC A&T State University and Bennett College


By special arrangement with LIHEDE, Continental Airlines (800-468-7022) will serve as the official airline for the symposium. All those flying into Greensboro to attend the conference will receive a 10% discount on the total price of the ticket. You must travel and return any time between October 24 and November 4, 2004. When calling the airline, please give them the Agreement Code: 3MRLB3 to get your discount.

Car Rental

By special arrangement with LIHEDE, Enterprise (call 336-855-6464) will serve as the official car rental company for the symposium. All those flying into Greensboro to attend the conference will receive a special rate ($35.00) per day for up to 100 miles. When calling the car rental company, please give them the Agreement Code: N51777 to get your discount.