Habari Gani?

Swahili for “What’s the News?”

John Linsley '04 (KSP fall '02)

While attending the Opportunity Collaboration Conference in Mexico last October, Kathleen Colson ’79 (KSP spring ’78), founder and CEO of the BOMA Project, had a meeting with Anne Robinson Wadsworth (Bowdoin College ’81), who runs the Girls Education Collaborative in Tanzania. “We got to talking and turns out she was on the fall ’79 KSP,” Kathleen said. “Small world!”

BOMA is one of just 15 of 1700 applicant organizations to win a Gates Foundation Grand Challenge: Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Development. The challenge focuses on how to effectively reach and empower the most vulnerable women and girls to improve health and development, including economic–outcomes as well as gender equality.

Kathleen said Lacey Burns ’15 (KSP spring ’14) was a research intern at BOMA last summer, joining a number of other recent KSP alumni who have worked for the organization. Lacey now works for Flying Kites, a Boston-based organization that runs a home, school and scholarship program for orphaned children in Kenya. Mike Chambers ’09 is chief strategist at Flying Kites.

Two KSP alumni presented papers in October at an African studies conference at Carleton University in Ottawa. Emily Adams ’16 (KSP spring ’15) presented “The Inheritance: Colonial Britain’s Role in Modern Kenya’s AIDS Epidemic.” Caitlin Sheridan ’15 (KSP spring ’13) presented “The ‘Tutsi Genocide’: The Politics of Public History and Education in Post-Conflict Rwanda.” Their papers were published in a special digital collection. 

Matthew Carotenuto (KSP spring ’98), associate professor of history and coordinator of African studies at St. Lawrence, was a faculty moderator at the conference. He presented a paper at the African Studies Association conference in San Diego in November, titled “#MyDressMyChoice: Contemporary Histories of Rebellious Youth and Urban Social Order in Kenya.” The paper drew from Carotenuto’s previous research on gendered violence in colonial Kenya as well as his collaboration with Maggie Cummins ’16 (KSP spring ’15) during her summer 2015 University Fellowship. 

An article Carotenuto wrote exploring why more U.S. women study abroad than men, particularly in Africa, was published last fall in The Washington Post. The piece discusses St. Lawrence’s Kenya program and national data on study abroad.

Check out the KSP blog (http://blogs.stlawu.edu/kenya/) for the latest from the current cohort in Kenya. As always, your news and photos are welcome. I look forward to hearing from you! Tutaonana!

John Linsley '04
(KSP fall '02)
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