'The Post-Twilight of the British Empire on the Zambian Copper Belt'
Fri, April 23, 2010 • 3:00 PM • Tom Lea Rooms, HRC 3.206
J. L. Berry, Austin
By the 1960s the Central African Copper Belt was the largest supplier of copper and cobalt to the world. John Berry arrived in Zambia in July 1966, when it was still essentially a colonial society. The next six years saw threats of secession, the creation of a one-party state, and the nationalization of the mines, which underpinned 98% of the national economy. At the same time Zambia lost control of much territory to Rhodesian, Angolan and Mozambican guerilla groups. He will give a personal, autobiographical view of these events and their background.
John Berry is a geologist who worked in Zambia for the Anglo-American Corporation of South Africa from 1966-1972, and in Houston for Shell Oil until 1999. He grew up in Ipswich, England. He was encouraged by his family to attend college in North America, where he earned degrees at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia.