The 2007 VSSA’s Distinguished Career award goes to Prof. Jacob Hailemariam
March 6, 2007
The 2007 recipient of the VSSA’s(Virginia Social Science Association) Distinguished Career award is Jacob Hailemariam (Yakob Haile-Mariam), who is being so recognized precisely because of his unavailability to attend. For twenty years a professor at Norfolk State University, he took time out most notably to investigate genocide in Rwanda for the United Nations, and he took early retirement to return to his native Ethiopia to run in 2005 as a reform candidate in putatively free elections for the national Parliament. Victorious at the polls, he subsequently found himself imprisoned by the regime on charges of treason and genocide. Representing him at the conference, we anticipate, will be one or more friends, family, and professional colleagues.