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Summer 2000 Seminar in Nairobi, Kenya

The Global Partners Project's first seminar in Nairobi took place June 26-July 9, 2000. The participants were twenty-one faculty members from 19 different liberal arts colleges in the ACM, ACS, and GLCA, and the participants were from a wide variety of disciplines and career stages.

The trip began with visits to the Save the Children Centre, a one room school house education project located within one of Nairobi's largest slums. The school is run by a small and dedicated group of educators, led by Mrs. Teruko Kikumoto. The US visitors were overwhelmed by both the courage and liveliness of the children, and the dedication of the teachers, and were moved to donate a small sum of money which was used to buy materials to build benches for the schoolhouse.

The group then went upcountry to see Sweetwater's Game Preserve, and later to Lake Naikuru game preserve, famous for its population of hundreds of thousands of flamingos (see the link to Eileen Moore's page of photos below).

Sightseeing and education continued with guided trips to to Rift Valley to see coffee and tea farms to learn about rural life and agriculture in Kenya.

Once the group returned to Nairobi, the academic conference began in earnest.

The symposium's opening ceremonies featured music from the University of Nairobi Choir, an address from Vice Chancellor Professor Gichaga , and a welcoming speech from the Kenyan Minister of Education, the Honorable Kalonzo Musyoka.

The keynote addresses were jointly given by Professor Muriuki of the Department of History, and Jonathan Scott Lee, Professor of Philosophy at Colorado College. Professor Muriuki gave a paper entitled "An Overview of Kenya's Historical Development." Professor Jonathan Scott Lee gave an address entitled "From the Post Colonial to the Global: The Testament of Julius Nyerere."

Four days of academic presentations, lively discussions, and socializing between the American visitors and the Kenyan hosts from the University of Nairobi followed.

Links for the Symposium



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