Sunday, May 26, 2013

Graduation Day at St Olaf College

 Today was graduation day here at St. Olaf. As usual, many people attended: the graduates, their families, friends, and, of course, professors.

This day brings mixed feelings among the graduates. They are happy to have completed their studies, but also sad to leave a place and a community they were part of for four years.

In the photo on the left, I am with one of the students who graduated today. She was part of the class I taught in Tanzania in January, "Hemingway in East Africa."

In the photo on the left, I am with another graduate, one of the students I took to Tanzania in 2011, on the  LCCT program. He studied for one semester at the University of Dar es Salaam.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Cultural Relations Summit for Minnesotans of African Descent

A number of people showed up today at the Golden Thyme Coffee shop in St. Paul, Minnesota, to be interviewed for a documentary on people of African descent in Minnesota.

The documentary will be shown at the Cultural Relations Summit for Minnesotans of African Descent, which is scheduled for June 28, 29, and 30. The Summit is being organized by the Minnesota Humanities Center and the Council on Black Minnesotans.

Some of the people who came for the interviews at the Golden Thyme appear in the photo. From left to right are Adebayo, Joseph Mbele, Tene Wells, Professor Mahmoud el-Kati, and Adrian Mack. Tene Wells worked hard to coordinate this project.