A renowned scholar on African politics and international political culture is scheduled to speak Thursday at the University of New England in Biddeford.

Dr. Ali A. Mazrui will speak at noon at the St. Francis Room, according to a press release issued today by the university. His topic is “From Othello to Obama: Is This the Dawn of a Post-Racial Age?”

Mazrui is the Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities and Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Mazrui also has served as Special Advisor to the World Bank and also on the Board of the American Muslim Council, Washington, D.C., according to the UNE release.