The aim of the Year of Kenya program is, over the course of a full academic year, to take a wide-ranging look at Kenya from its earliest history right up to current events. It is our belief that in order to understand and appreciate other countries and cultures, one needs to employ a broad lens and engage on a myriad of levels. The Year of Kenya program allows faculty and student participants, and community guests to break down stereotypes and connect across cultures. The Year of Kenya program uses a multidisciplinary approach in order to provide our audiences with a richer, more complex sense of place and community.

The Kennesaw State University 2006-2007 Year of Kenya Lecture Series is also available as a podcast through Apple iTunes.

March 29, 2007 - Competing Roles of the State, NGOs and the Local Community Towards Environmental Conservation in Kenya
Ngeta Kabiri, Doctoral Candidate, UNC Chapel Hill  Listen

March 15, 2007 - Base of the Pyramid: Sustainable Enterprises in Kenya
Duncan Duke, Doctoral Student, Cornell University  Listen

February 22, 2007 - Kenya and the Indian Ocean Diaspora: Which Direction and Which Sources?
Jesse Benjamin, Sociology, KSU  Listen

February 15, 2007 - Early Islamic Societies of the Kenyan Coast
Mark Horton, Head of Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Bristol  Listen

February 8, 2007 - Ways of Knowing Pre-colonial African Experiences: Two Studies From Kenya
Chapurukha Makokha Kusimba, Curator of African Archaeology and Ethnology, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago  Listen

January 11, 2007 - Hand-Axes, Hominids, and Hippos: What Stone Tools Can Tell Us About Early Hominid Behavior
Bruce Hardy, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Kenyon College  Listen

November 30, 2006 - Sustainable Delivery of Healthcare in Kenya
Macharia Waruingi, Founder of the Kenyan Development Network  Listen

November 16, 2006 - Public Health and Capacity Building in Kenya
Alan Fenwick, Professor of Tropical Parasitology, Imperial College London  Listen

November 9, 2006 -  The Role of Women in the Mau Mau Movement
Kinuthia Macharia, Associate Professor of Sociology, American University  Listen

November 2, 2006 - Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya
Caroline Elkins, Associate Professor of African Studies, Harvard University
Part 1 | Part 2

October 26, 2006 - Settler Colonialism in Kenya: The Origins of Mau Mau
John Lonsdale, Professor of History, University of Cambridge   Part 1 | Part 2

October 19, 2006 -  Security Issues in the Great Lakes Region
Theodora Ayot, Professor of History, North Park University   Listen

October 12, 2006 - Kenya Through My Eyes
Ngugi wa Thiong'o, novelist, playwright, essayist, and Director of the International Center for Writing and Translation, University of California, Irvine   Listen

October 5, 2006 - Trade and Microfinance Opportunities to Alleviate Poverty in Kenya: A Panel Presentation with Grassroots Community Case Studies
Moderator: Wendy Bosley, Executive Director, Fishbird Productions; Panelists: Ruth Hunt Wood, Artist and Trustee, Ol Malo Trust; Liz Frye, doctor, representing Carolina for Kibera; Yvonne Johanesson-Jones, Strategic Marketing and Compliance Manager, Gray Ghost Capital (Microfinance Division)   Part 1 | Part 2

September 28, 2006 The Local and Global in Rap Music in Kenya
Jean Kidula, Associate Professor, School of Music, University of Georgia   Listen

September 21, 2006 - The History and Politics of Constitutional Reform in Kenya
James Gathii, Governor George E. Pataki Professor of International Commercial Law, Albany Law School, New York   Part 1 | Part 2

August 31, 2006 - Globalization, Kenya, and the United States: Intersections and Divergences
Ali Mazrui, Director, Institute of Global Cultural Studies and Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities, Binghamton University   Part 1 | Part 2