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Letter to the Editor by Jonathan Fanton: Help For Safer Pregnancies, Deliveries

In a letter to the Chicago Tribune's editor, MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton describes MacArthur's efforts to reduce maternal mortality in India and Nigeria. Read More

Jonathan Fanton Delivers Commencement Address at the Illinois Institute of Technology

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton urges IIT's class of 2007 to seek a balance in their professional lives that allows for public service and civic engagement. Read More

MacArthur Selects Kofi Annan for International Justice Award

MacArthur will honor former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan with the first MacArthur Award for International Justice, Foundation President Jonathan Fanton announced today in a speech at the National Press Club. Read More

Letter to the Editor by Jonathan Fanton: International Justice

In a letter to the New York Times editor, MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton says the United Nations Security Council should take the lead in enforcing arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court. Read More

New Species Discovered in Democratic Republic of Congo

An expedition by MacArthur grantee Wildlife Conservation Society to a remote corner of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has uncovered forests containing six new animal species: a bat, a rodent, two shrews, and two frogs. Read More

Lecture on Population and Reproductive Health by Professor Paul Hunt

Contents The Millennium Development Goals and the Right to the Highest Attainable Standard of Health New Skills & Techniques Is the international right to health merely aspirational? Is it too vague to be implemented? Uganda, neglected diseases ... Read More

Commentary by Kole Shettima: Higher Education Needs Urgent Attention

In this commentary published in Federations Magazine, MacArthur's Africa Office Director Kole Shettima describes how issues of accreditation and free tuition create the need for reform in Nigerian post-secondary education. Read More

Trial of Charles Taylor

The trial of Charles Taylor, the former dictator of Liberia, began recently under the auspices of the United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone. Taylor was indicted in 2003, but received safe haven in Nigeria until ... Read More

Letter to the Editor by Jonathan Fanton: Nigeria on a Path to Genuine Democracy

In a letter to the Chicago Tribune editor, MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton acknowledges the flaws in recent Nigerian elections but argues that the country's president, Olusegun Obasango, has put it on the path to stability. Read More

Motherhood Kills, Op-Ed in This Day by Kole Shettima

MacArthur Africa Office Director Kole Shettima recommends steps on how to prevent maternal mortality in Nigeria. Read More

Staff

Portrait of Barry Lowenkron

Barry Lowenkron

Vice President, International Programs
Portrait of Kole A. Shettima

Kole A. Shettima

Director, Africa Office

Judith F. Helzner

Special Advisor to the President and Vice President
Portrait of Mary R. Page

Mary R. Page

Director, Human Rights and International Justice
Portrait of Jorgen Thomsen

Jorgen Thomsen

Director, Conservation & Sustainable Development
Portrait of Raoul J. Davion

Raoul J. Davion

Associate Director, Girls' Secondary Education

Waheed Adeniran

Driver, Nigeria

Esther Ifesanmi

Executive Secretary, Nigeria

Hauwa K. Kazeem

Program Assistant, Nigeria

Susan Paul

Library Assistant, Nigeria

Amina Usman

Program Administrator, Nigeria

Rahab Uzoije

Receptionist, Nigeria