(Why) Reporting the Voices of African Women and Girls Matters

2018–2019 Rama S. Mehta Lecture
Photo by Jacques CoughlinPhoto by Jacques Coughlin

An all-purpose Africa reporter, National Public Radio’s Ofeibea Quist-Arcton is often to be found—in open-air markets, on the front line, in the boardroom, in educational institutions, in urban and village settings, in creative spaces and sacred places—listening to women and girls talk about the continent, the world, and what matters to them. And to us all.

Free and open to the public.


  • Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, Africa correspondent, NPR
  • Discussant: Marco Werman, host, The World, Public Radio International

The Rama S. Mehta Lecture at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study was established by Catherine Atwater Galbraith, John Kenneth Galbraith, and the Mehta family, in memory of Rama S. Mehta. Each event includes a distinguished woman in public affairs, the sciences, or the arts who has a deep understanding of the challenges of women in developing countries. The Radcliffe Institute is grateful to the Benazir Bhutto Leadership Program of ClassACT HR ’73 and members of the Harvard-Radcliffe Class of 1973 for their leadership support of the 2018–2019 Rama S. Mehta Lecture.

This program is scheduled to complement the reunions of the Harvard and Radcliffe Classes of 1973, 1978, and 1988. We hope to welcome many alumnae/i from these classes to the Radcliffe Institute as part of their reunion activities when they return to Cambridge in the fall.