Posts filed under ‘lectures & readings’
Line Up: Daily performances [6-8pm], Panel Discussions, Open Mic [for new talent], Album Launch of The Kenya Boys Choir among many other events
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Public Lecture: Delivering sustainable growth in Africa, Nov. 15 2013 @ Japan Information and Culture Centre, Embassy of Japan
We have the pleasure to invite you to the Public Lecture “Delivering sustainable growth in Africa: Linkage between FDI and Local Economy” by Dr. Fukunishi, Ph.D, Associate Senior Research Fellow, African Studies Group, Institute of Developing Economies (IDE-JETRO).
The event is organized by the Japan Information & Culture Centre of the Embassy of Japan in Kenya.
Date: Friday, November 15th 2013
Venue: Japan Information and Culture Centre, Embassy of Japan
Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm
Due to security reasons, we would like to request you to kindly register beforehand. To RSVP, on Email: email@example.com or kindly call us on the phone numbers below. 020-2898-510/ 020-2898-511/020-2898-512
Mindspeak: AlyKhanSatchu Explores Mining, Oil & Gas with Voluntary Principles, Oct. 26 2013 @ Intercon Nairobi
Date: October 26, 2013
Venue: InterContinental Hotel, Nairobi
Time: 9.30 am for 10 am
LAPSSET: A Transformative Project or a Pipe Dream?
Date: October 4, 2013
Venue: Seminar Room, The British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA), Kileleshwa
Time: 2-5 pm
Entrance is by prior registration only. Register here.
The Lamu Port-South Sudan Transport Corridor (LAPSSET) is an extremely ambitious project. There are multiple elements rolled up in this project: the development of a new port at Lamu; an oil pipeline from that port to South Sudan; road and railway links; and a possible line to southern Ethiopia. There are also plans for a new international airport and new ‘resort cities’ along the line of the rail. The completion of any one of these elements would have a significant impact; in combination they might transform the region.
Each one of the multiple elements of the scheme carries a significant price tag, and LAPSSET has been derided by some observers as more of a pipe dream than a pipeline. Others have drawn attention to other kinds of cost, arguing that the project will have negative consequences for environments and communities, from Lamu itself to the many pastoralist groups who live along the planned line of the project. Political volatility in the region, especially in Somalia, is also a challenge. Yet the project evidently also has the potential to promote regional trade and boost national economies, overcoming the limitations of a transport network whose basic architecture is still that laid down in the early years of colonial rule.
The Nairobi Forum of the Rift Valley Institute (RVI) is organising a public meeting on the LAPSSET that will discuss the opportunities and challenges that this major project will have on individual member states and the wider region. Speakers and participants will be drawn from the government, academia, donors, researchers and the affected communities.
Chair: Prof. Justin Willis, University of Durham
Panellists: Mr Silvester Kasuku – CEO LAPSSET, Mr Jonathan Lodompui -Director Vision 2030, Ms Shakila Abdalla MP Lamu East, Mr Abdikadir Omar MP Balambala, Garissa, Dr Ekuru Aukot – Lawyer & Chief Spokesperson, G47
Lapsset Tracker: http://lapssettracker.blogspot.com/
Lecture: Should Mau Mau be Compensated? By Muoki Mbunga, Oct. 7 2013 @ Daystar University – Athi River Campus
Muoki Mbunga, a researcher on the Mau Mau. He will share his insights into the question of whether the veterans should have been compensated on not.
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Lecture by Dan Ariely + Panel Discussion with P. Kahumbu, Mugo Kibati, Boniface Mwangi & Julie Gichuru, Aug. 11 2013 @ Brookhouse School
What makes people cheat? Come and find out with Dan Ariely – Professor of Psychology and Behavioural Economics
Date: August 11, 2013
Venue: Brookhouse School
Time: 2 pm
This free lecture and discussion is to create a discussion around our values and behaviour regarding financial decision making, corruption, impunity, criminal behaviour, and to understand the what really motivates people.
Later panel discussion with: Dr. Paula Kahumbu, Mugo Kibati, Amb. Martin Kimani, Julie Gichuru, Boniface Mwangi & A. Awiti
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Lecture by Joseph Weiler
Date: Thursday 27 June 2013
Time: 2 – 5 pm
Entry: Prior RSVP
Since it declared independence in 1991, Somaliland has worked to develop a system of multi-party democracy. The result is a relatively complex but home-grown set of political arrangements, providing concessions to and incorporating different interest groups.
The most recent test of Somaliland’s commitment to democratic development came on 28 November 2012, when Somalilanders went to the polls to elect local councillors. The elections were monitored by hundreds of local and international observers who described them as largely peaceful and fair.
There is much to be learned from the process to further strengthen the democratisation of Somaliland. The lack of voter registration led to confusion, voter education was rushed, and legal frameworks need to be updated and clarified. While women’s representation increased by 400%, they achieved only ten of the 375 councillor positions.
In April 2013, Saferworld and the Somaliland Non State Actors Forum (SONSAF) released a report by the local election observers – Somalilanders Speak: Lessons from the 2012 local elections. The report provides a synthesis and analysis of civil society organisations’ observations and highlights the ways in which the electoral procedures and democratisation of Somaliland can be further strengthened.
The Rift Valley Institute Nairobi Forum and Saferworld are pleased to invite you on 27 June to a discussion on the lessons learned from the electoral process and on future prospects for democracy in Somaliland.
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
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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)
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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.