Winter 2018 Thursday Series - The Many Faces of Africa
To say ‘Africa’ is to evoke many images in the Western imagination, too many of them negative. In this short tour d’ horizon, the many faces of Africa are set in a context to help us think more completely and carefully about a complex and vast continent and its people. Several Waterloo and Guelph professors will address some of the issues and facets of this vast and complex continent.
Thursday Jan 11 - 21st Century Africas - To say ‘Africa’ is to evoke many images in the Western imagination, too many of them negative. In this short tour d’ horizon, the many faces of Africa are set in a context to help us think more completely and carefully about a complex and vast continent and its people. Remember, ‘Out of Africa, there is always something new’- Pliny the Elder.
Thursday Feb 8 - Learning from Africa: An Educator's (half century) Journey - From colonialism and apartheid to political independence and liberation: challenges and opportunities through working with a non-governmental organization (Mennonite Central Committee)
Ronald Mathies - Former director of Peace and Conflict Studies, Conrad Grebel University College,University of Waterloo; Executive Director Emeritus, Mennonite Central Committee
* Wednesday * Feb 28 - Socially Responsible Travel: A New Paradigm in Development - As an ever-increasing number of people desire to travel the globe, our travel can lead to significantly negative impacts on the environment, society, and culture of the host destination. However, tourism also has the potential to create positive change, and this presentation outlines how travelers can seek authentic, meaningful, cultural exchanges that lead to sustainable development in the host communities.
Ryan was raised in Nairobi, Kenya where his parents were teachers at an international school. Through living and working with the rural poor in Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, and Mozambique, Ryan gained an appreciation for the local culture, language, and challenges that are facing sub-Saharan Africa. His Ph.D. was in Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo. Ryan continues to conduct participatory research amongst Kenya’s pastoral Maasai, focusing on the role that socially responsible travel plays in sustaining indigenous livelihoods.