The Summer Catalyst Looks at Africa Tomorrow
Africa may not be on the radar of Americans who are busy working, raising kids, serving their communities, or simply wondering what tomorrow might hold. Yet, with an emerging middle class and new leaders, the continent’s future presents significant promise. The summer edition of The Catalyst: A Journal of Ideas from the Bush Institute addresses tomorrow's Africa. A wide-ranging set of authors and articles examines the forces transforming the continent and the realities that stand in Africa's way, including health care challenges, education limitations, and political strife.
The list of contributors includes leaders and innovators from across the continent, such as Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, First Lady of Namibia Madame Monica Geingos, and ONE’s Nachilala Nkombo. The issue also features interviews with three people who have had a marked impact on Africa: President and Mrs. Bush and Bob Geldof, the founder of the Live Aid that concerts that have benefited Africa. Contributors with an African expertise also include The Economist’s Africa Editor Jonathan Rosenthal, and the Bush Institute's Holly Kuzmich, Natalie Gonnella-Platts, Brittney Bain, and Crystal Cazier.
As Sir Bob says, to ignore Africa is to ignore 2050.
William McKenzie is editorial director for the George W. Bush Institute, where he also serves as editor of The Catalyst: A Journal of Ideas from the Bush Institute.
Active in education issues, he co-teaches an education policy class at SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development. He also participates in the Bush Institute’s school accountability project.
Before joining the Bush Institute, the Fort Worth native served 22 years as an editorial columnist for the Dallas Morning News and led the newspaper’s Texas Faith blog. The University of Texas graduate’s columns appeared nationwide and he has won a Pulitzer Prize and commentary awards from the Education Writers Association, the American Academy of Religion, and the Texas Headliners Foundation, among other organizations. He still contributes columns and essays for the Morning News and The Weekly Standard.
Before joining the News in 1991, he earned a master’s degree in political science from the University of Texas at Arlington and spent a dozen years in Washington, D.C. During that time, he edited the Ripon Forum.
McKenzie has served as a Pulitzer Prize juror, on the board of a homeless organization, and on governing committees of a Dallas public school. He also is an elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Dallas, where he lives with his wife and their twin children.Full Bio