Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has named Elwood Dunn, Alfred Negley Professor of Political Science, the Liberian National Orator for 2012. As part of the honor, Professor Dunn will speak at a celebration in Monrovia, Liberia, marking the 165th anniversary of Liberian independence. Dunn will retire from Sewanee in June, 2012, after more than thirty years of teaching. A prolific scholar, Dunn has authored ten books, most of them on Liberian or African politics. Prior to moving to Sewanee, Dunn served as Minister of Foreign Relations and Minister of State for Presidential Affairs under the democratically elected Liberian government of William Tolbert. The Tolbert government was toppled in a coup in 1980. For a full report on Dunn's honor and career, click on an announcement in The Liberian Journal.