Posts filed under ‘lectures & readings’
Introduction by Khainga O’Okwemba (President, PEN Kenya)
Panel: Prof Chris Wanjala,Prof Elizabeth Orchardson-Mazrui,Dr Tom Odhiambo,Dr Waveney Olembo,Eliphas Nyamogo,Tony Mochama.
Date: Thursday May 23, 2013
Shailja Patel at TED
This event is organized by PEN Kenya Centre and supported by the Goethe-Institut.
Agenda: Empowering Kenyan SMEs for global competitiveness.
Panel Discussion: Ethics of Responsible Journalism w/ JSO, Gaddo & S. Amin, Apr. 6 2013 @ Cherengani Hills Conference Room
Date: April 6, 2013
Venue: Cherengani Hills Conference Room, 5th Floor
Location: Apollo Insurance Centre, Ring Road parklands
Time: 4-6 pm
Tickets: Kshs 800
Panelists: John Sibi Okumu, Godfrey Mwampembwa (Gaddo) and Salim Amin
The Support Women Artists Now (SWAN) weekend is designed to showcase the power and diversity of women’s creativity.
On Saturday the 30th of March the SWAN weekend starts with poetry, spoken word, music and dance performances at the Phoenix Theatre from 9 am to 3 pm. On Sunday the 31st of March visual artists will showcase and sell their art, and music performance will be held at the Kuona Trust from 11 am to 7 pm. Entry is absolutely free.
Featuring: Achieng Abura, Amileena of TPF IV, Shish and Tanya of Tahidi High, Tabitha Wa Thuku, Rabbo of Tatuu, the Papa Shirandula crew, Lydiah Dola, Iddi Achieng, Veronica Wanjeri, Wahu and Masallah amongst others.
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Venue: Phoenix Theatre
Date: Saturday the 30th of March from 9 am to 3 pm. Entry is free.
Venue: Kuona Trust
Date: Sunday the 31st of March from 11 am to 7 pm. Entry is free.
“I covered the post-election violence at a great personal risk and sacrifice, though l escaped all that mayhem physical unharmed, am sill nursing the psychological violence inflicted by witnessing the violence.” – Boniface Mwangi
Business Conversation with Henry Njoroge: ICT as an enabling pillar for investment in Africa, Feb 6 2013 @ Business Lounge, Junction Mall
The Business Conversation is a monthly forum created by the Business Lounge where young entrepreneurs and business people can interact with various personalities who have had a track record of exceptional leadership, management and entrepreneurial experiences.
Mr. Henry Njoroge, the founder and CEO of Xtranet is the guest speaker for the next forum scheduled for 6th/Feb/2013 whose theme is: ICT as an enabling pillar for investment in Africa.
Mr. Henry Njoroge works to expand the information technology sector of Kenya and currently runs Xtranet Communications, which aims to capture the growing opportunities in value added services arising out of the rapid growth of mobile telephony penetration and the coming of the fiber optic cable of East Africa Coast this year. He hopes to provide employment to hundreds of jobless youth in Kenya through initiatives such as call centers, outsourcing and business process engineering.
He is also a trustee of the Kenya Youth Business Trust, a non-profit organization affiliated to Youth Business International, whose aim is to empower the poorest of the poor through entrepreneurship by giving microloans. Mr. Njoroge was previously CEO of Openview Business Systems and has also established and expanded several other IT companies in Kenya, Angola, Zambia and Uganda. With each company, he has worked to redefine ICT, the Internet, and telecommunications in Africa, making technology more widely accessible.
Date: February 6, 2013
Venue: Business Lounge, Junction Mall, 4th Floor, Ngong Road
Time: 6:00pm -9:00pm
Tickets: Advance Kshs 1,500 & Gate Kshs 2000
Reservation: 0705 980520
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Public Lecture: Facing special Challenges – the Israeli Supreme Court, Dec. 18 2012 @ University of Nairobi
Date: December 18, 2012
Venue: 8-4-4 Hall, University of Nairobi
Time: 3 pm
Speaker: Justice Eliezer Rivlin, former deputy president Israeli Supreme Court
Commentary: Hon (Dr.) Willy Mutunga – Chief Justice/President – Supreme Court of Kenya
For more info: UoN website
Date: December 18, 2012
Venue: Main Campus – ED 213, University of Nairobi
Time: 2.30-5 pm
Talk by: Dr. William F. Schulz – President and CEO Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
Dr. William is a renowned author, scholar and speaker on human rights, security & terrorism
Festival Dates: December 9 -16, 2012
Events Line Up: Public Lectures, Writers in conversation, Readings, Performances, Art Exhibitions, Film Screenings
Venues: various venues – Kifaru Gardens, Kwani? Garden, National Museum,
University of Nairobi, Goethe Institut, Kuona Trust, Habesha, Kibera, KICC Helipad, Eastleigh, South B [map below]
Update: All the events scheduled to take place at University of Nairobi have been moved to the National Museum
Focus: Stories of the Horn of Africa with participating Countries – Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan & Kenya
Some of the writers confirmed for the festival are: Hadraawi – Somalia, Warsan Shire – Somalia, Sayadin Hersi – Somalia, Awes Osman – Somalia, Said Juma Hussein – Somalia, Chehem Watta – Djibouti, Meaza Worku – Ethiopia, Jamal Mahjoub – Sudan, Alemseged Tesfai – Eritrea, Nawal El Saadawi – Egypt, Kojo Laing – Ghana, Helon Habila – Nigeria, Deqa Abshir – Somalia/Kenya, Fawaz El Said – Sudan, Yassir Ali – Sudan, Altayeb Daw Elbeit – Sudan, Ermais Ekube – Ethiopia
A Snap Shot of the Programme
Date: December 9, 2012
Venue: Kifaru Gardens
Time: 2-10 pm
Music by: Waayaha Cusub and Kato& Band
DJ Set by: DJ Zelalem
Date: December 10, 2012
Venue: Goethe-Institut Nairobi, Monrovia Street
Time: 2.30 – 8 pm
Date: December 11, 2012
University of Nairobi National Museum
Time: 2– 7 pm
Date: December 12, 2012
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museum
Time: 2.30-8 pm
Date: December 13, 2012
Venues: Hotel Intercontinental,
Taifa Hall (University of Nairobi) & Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museum
Time: 2.30– 7.30 pm
Date: December 14, 2012
Venues: Louis Leakey Auditorium (National Museum) & Kuona Trust
Date: December 15, 2012
Venues: Louis Leakey Auditorium (National Museum) & KICC Helipad
Entry: Free (National Museum)
Entry: Ksh 1,000 (KICC Helipad)
The Kwani? Literary Festival is organised by Kwani Trust on a biennial basis where the literary leaders of Kenya, enriched with visiting writers from around the world, turn their attention to one salient subject and explore it through the lenses of the continent’s past, present and emerging literatures. In 2012, the Litfest will focus on several geopolitical trends and shifts in Kenya’s immediate north to host literary conversations with the Horn of Africa.
It thus aims to act as a platform where the story of the Horn of Africa can be told, to an extent, not taking the political crisis narrative as the only story that exists.
Additionally, the pan-African exchange programme of Goethe-Institut Moving Africa will bring a further eight African writers to Nairobi.
Public lecture: Art & National Healing – Designing the Constitutional Court of SA after apartheid, Dec. 13 2012 @RiaraUniversity
Date: December 13, 2012
Venue: Riara University
Time: 3-5 pm
Presentation by Justice Albie Sachs
Date: November 20, 2012
Venue: Kuona Trust Gallery
Time: 2 pm
About the Photographer
Anne Feenstra is a Dutch architect living and working in Kabul, Afghanistan. He is the owner of AFIR Architects and also works as a design artist who features the use of thepakul in Afganistan
The pakul is a soft, round-topped men’s hat, typically of wool and found in a variety of earthycolours. It resembles a bag with a round, flat bottom. The wearer rolls up the sides nearly to the top, forming a thick band, which then rests on the head like a beret or cap. In Afghanistan thepakul is particularly popular in the mountainous areas of Badakshan, Nuristan, Panjsher and Konar.
Date: October 23, 2012
Venue: the British Institute In Eastern Africa
Time: 10 am – 12.30 pm
Entry: RSVP on firstname.lastname@example.org
Symposium by Dr. Abdulaziz Y. Lodhi, Uppsala University, Sweden
Dr. Abdulaziz Y. Lodhi (b. 1945, Zanzibar) is Professor of Swahili and Comparative Bantu at the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at Uppsala University in Sweden.
This symposium focuses on the Sidis of Gujarat who are an interesting example of early globalization in the Indian Ocean lands, and the impact of modern globalization on diaspora communities. He has written a publication on the Sidis which will be on sale at the symposium for only Kshs 200.
Respondent: Prof Kithaka wa Mberia – Dept of Linguistics and Languages, University of Nairobi
Moderator: Tom Odhiambo – Senior Lecturer, Dept of Literature, University of Nairobi
Lecture/Book Launch: Can the African Neo-patrimonial State be Developmental? Sept. 21 2012 @ IFRA/BIEA Conference room
Date: September 21, 2012
Venue: IFRA/BIEA Conference room
Entry: Free [Reservation required: email@example.com]
Lecture by Prof. Daniel Bach moderated by Dominique Connan
Date: September 19, 2012
Topic: Region building in Europe and East Africa – Old templates vs new scripts?
Presentations by: Prof. Daniel Bach (Emile Durkheim Centre, Sciences Po Bordeaux), Prof. Katumanga Musambayi (UoN) and Dr. Wanyama Masinde (CUEA)
To attend kindly register by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. Daniel Bach is a Director of research of the CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique) at the Emile Durkheim Centre – for Comparative Political Science and Sociology, University of Bordeaux. He has published on Nigerian federalism, the foreign policies of Nigeria and South Africa, regional organisations and regionalisation processes in Africa, as well as on relations between France, the European Union, China, India and Africa.
Prof. Katumanga Musambayi is a professor in Political Science at University of Nairobi. He is an accomplished scholar in the field of insurgency groups having done his Ph.D work on the RPF and NRM in the 1990s. He has consulted extensively for the AU, IGAD, ICGLR and the UN on security sector reforms in Africa. Katumanga is a well published scholar in both local and international journals.
Dr Wanyama Musinde is Director of the Institute for Regional Integration and Development (IRID)which is based at the CUEA (The Catholic University of Eastern Africa). This Graduate Institute is the continent’s pioneer specialist university institute for research and training in regional integration. Wanyama is also founding Director of the African Integration House/ The East Africa Resource House, a regional integration think-do tank. He has worked as an adviser to governments on strategies and policies for regional integration, including working as Regional Integration Policy and Strategy Adviser to the Kenya Government.
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Kenya’s art history has been far-reaching, rich and vibrant. And yet, this history is little known, not only to a wider art interested public but also to the academic field. There is scant academic literature on art and contemporary art in Kenya.
Heading to the 50th anniversary of Kenya, Goethe Institut are starting a series of conversations and lectures that aims at remembering and discussing aspects, movements and events in the arts from the 60s on.
This series is starting with a presentation by Dr. Dinna Pido.
Editors pick for @Storymoja: British Ambassador to Kenya Dr. Christian Turner – Session at #HayFestKe, Sept. 14 2012 @ National Museum
The British Ambassador to Kenya Dr.Christian Turner will have a session on ‘the cultural and social transformative power of the internet and new technologies’
Date: September 14, 2012
Venue: British Council Court Yard
Time: 11 am
Festival Tickets: Kshs 1000/day and Kshs 1500/season
HE Dr. Christian Turner is the recently appointed British High Commissioner to the Republic of Kenya. This will be his first time at Storymoja Hay Festival
Dr Turner was previously the Director for the Middle East and North Africa at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where he had responsibility for all UK policy and operations in that region. Prior to this he served variously in the British Embassy in Washington, as Private Secretary to the Prime Minister and in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit.
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Lecture: Managing Prehistory Resources in Eastern Africa, Sep 12 2012 @ Leakey Auditorium, National Museum
The National Museums of Kenya in collaboration with the Leakey Foundation, invite you to a special evening:
Title: “Managing Prehistory Resources in Eastern Africa: Opportunities and Challenges”
Presenter: Dr. Idle O. Farah (NMK Director-General)
Date:12th September 2012,
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium,
National Museums of Kenya
Time: 6.00 pm
Photographic Exhibition & Lecture: The Milky Way Through Science, History & Art, Sep 6-13 2012 @ Italian Institute of Culture
Presentation by Dr. Paola Platania, the curator of the Istituto di Fisica del Plasma of the Italian National Research Centre (CNR) at the Italian Institute of Culture on Thursday 6th September 2012 at 7.00pm.
The exhibition runs till 13th September 2012
Open from Monday to Thursday from 10.30am to 6.00pm.
On Friday from 10.30am to 4.00pm. – closed on Saturdays, Sundays & public holidays
WHEREFORE SO MANY LIGHTS?
The spectacle of the arc of the Milky Way in the sky has filled every human generation with wonder, from prehistory to the present day.
Ancient civilizations the world over have built myths and legends attempting to express the intuition of a mysterious relationship between human life and the ineffable celestial nebula.
Throughout history, artists, poets and painters have been inspired by the faint silvery light of the Milky Way.
Starting from the 17th century, modern science has shown us the physical nature of the Milky Way. Today we know that the pale trail of light that we can see in the sky comes from the glow of the Galaxy in which we are immersed: a colossal structure made of hundreds of billions of stars – and we know that our Galaxy is not only made of stars: but also of dark matter, a giant central black hole and that it is in constant upheaval with violent explosions.
Have these new discoveries broken the enchantment? Is there still room for wonder? Have we lost hope for a relationship with the stars?
We will see that, unexpectedly, scientific knowledge itself shows us that life on the Earth has a deep and unforeseen correlation with the history and the structure of the Milky Way.
We will discover a relationship that could be even more intimate than the fabulous pre-scientific visions that were once daringly imagined.
Date: August 14, 2012
Calestous Juma is a Kenyan Professor of the Practice of International Development at the Harvard Kennedy School and Director of the Belfer Center’s Science, Technology, and Globalization Project.
He holds a Ph.D. in science & technology policy studies and has written widely on science, technology, and the environment.
Calestous is also a former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity and Founding Director of the African Centre for Technology Studies.
Recently he was appointed to co-chair the new AU panel on science, technology, and innovation.
The paper reports on a project documenting the embodied impacts of violence in three pastoralist communities chronically at war with one another – the Pokot, Samburu, and Turkana.
Data was collected beginning in November, 2008 and concluding in August, 2011 using a mixed-methods approach that included participant-observation, open-ended interview, survey, health recall, mental health stress screen, and anthropometrics (BMI, skin fold thickness).
The paper will present a portion of the mental health and anthropometric findings in their ethnographic context with discussion focused particularly on the most vulnerable groups by age, gender, and community.
Presenter: Bilinda Straight
Contributors: Bilinda Straight (1) Ivy Pike (2) Charles Hilton (3)
1 Western Michigan University. Kalamazoo, MI
2 University of Arizona. Tucson, AZ
3 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
The event will be hosted by Sam Buggz and Stella Nasambu.
There will be Poetry Performances by: El Poet, Jemedari, Mwende Ngao, Kenyan Poet, Raya Wambui, Kevin Man Njoro, Michael Kwambo, Samo Bryton, Kavosa, Hosea Munyoro.
Music by: Demspey and the Boys, Ndila & Liron
Photography exhibition by: Koa
Time: 4pm – 8pm
Charges: Kshs. 300 in advance & Kshs. 400 at the gate
Buy advance tickets by sending cash via MPESA to 0704 090471 [a confirmation message will be sent to you with a ticket number once payment is received] or at the Michael Joseph Centre Reception.
Contact info: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Call: 0704 090 471
Lecture: Dr. Caroline Elkins, author of “Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya”, Jun 16 2012 @ University of Nairobi
This is the first time in several years that Dr. Elkins has spoken in Kenya, and the first time since the British trial. Come and hear about her journey and join in what promises to be a lively conversation with this leading luminary.
Date: Saturday 16 June
Time: 3:30 mingle over tea
4pm an hour of Dr. Elkins followed by Q&A
Cost: KES 400 for general public (HCK members free)
Venue: Education Theatre 2, University of Nairobi
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Date: June 12, 2012
Venue: Goethe Institut Auditorium
Somalia is not well known or understood. The images that come from there are one-sided and mostly filled with gloom, violence and suffering.
Fatima Jibrell, a Somali environmentalist, and James Lindsay, a retired diplomat, have both been working closely with the rural communities of Northern Somalia to conserve the environment and improve the standards of living of the rural populations there. But more importantly, they have been able to project to the outside world an image of Northern Somalia as a place of great diversity and serenity. They have published a photographic documentation entitledPeace and Milk: Scenes from Northern Somalia.
Peace and Milk reveals the beauty and variety of the Somali landscape and the communities of Northern Somalia. Informative captions tell the stories behind the photographs and provide an insight into how ordinary Somalis live.
The book launch will be in the form of a moderated panel discussion with the authors and a Q & A session with the audience.
For more information check the Goethe Institut website