Associate Professor, University of Iowa

Month: July 2010

Overhead Compartments, Haircuts, and Reverse Culture Shock

Overhead Compartments, Haircuts, and Reverse Culture Shock

Before returning to the U.S., Melissa and I talked about whether or not life in America would feel strange to us. Since Nairobi is a very cosmopolitan city, I didn’t expect much “reverse culture shock,” but I was really curious to see what things would […]

Slum Tourism in Kibera: Education or Exploitation?

Slum Tourism in Kibera: Education or Exploitation?

Recently I was contacted by the author of a popular Kenya guidebook. This author wondered if I knew of any responsible, community-oriented groups that do Kibera slum tours. I wrote back that one of the organizations I’ve worked with offers these tours. The group sponsors […]

New Blog Shout Outs!!

New Blog Shout Outs!!

I have some friends who are new to the blogging world, so I wanted to give some quick shout outs to them.

  • joskey – Josphat is the Film School Coordinator at the Kibera Film School. He will be blogging about the happenings at the film school and his own personal projects.
  • Bonny’s Writing Space – Bonface is a new trainee at the Kibera Film School. He plans to blog about his new adventures into filmmaking and his other creative ideas.
  • Emily Vraga – Emily is also a PhD candidate at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UW-Madison. She’ll be blogging about current events in politics and new media.

So add these blogs to your readings lists…

Leaving Nairobi  – Melissa’s Take

Leaving Nairobi – Melissa’s Take

On her site, Melissa has a nice post about wrapping up her research in Kenya. While the post is specific to her work, here’s a passage I could have written almost word for word about my own time here: Making these contacts is so critical […]

It’s My Turn to Read: Corruption in Kenya

It’s My Turn to Read: Corruption in Kenya

Even though I’ve had Michela Wrong’s It’s Our Turn to Eat: The Story of a Kenyan Whistle-Blower sitting on my proverbial shelf for over a year, I hadn’t found the time to pick it up and read it until just recently. It’s the story of […]