Dr. Badru addressed the society on the topic of African migration and economic development. Badru is a Professor and Acting Chair of Africana Studies at UMBC. He described four waves of African migration, which arose from different causes at different times, including slavery, political persecution and economic hardship. He considered how western colonial powers promoted migration for their own goals, and how this continued into the Cold War era. Globalization as promoted by the World Bank and the IMF have negatively impacted the developing economies of African nations, distorting production and trade patterns and devaluing currency in the interest of free trade. Listen to the podcast of his talk.