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Engaging Africa:

Through Kenya to the Continent

May 2 - June 1, 2014

photo by jacob malcomb

Photograph by Jacob Malcomb '10. Students scramble down from the crater rim of
Mt. Longonot, a dormant volcano in the Rift Valley. Moments later a group of four
giraffes crossed the trail.


To commemorate the 40-year anniversary of St. Lawrence University’s Kenya Program (KSP), a three-part exhibition demonstrates the institution’s deep engagement with Africa.  Photographs arranged by themes over time illustrate the variety of student experiences in the Kenya program, including classroom study in Nairobi (including a Swahili course), field research across Kenya and Tanzania, urban and rural homestays, and independent study during which students collaborate with host organizations throughout the region.  “It can be anything from working with grassroots organizations to children’s programs to wildlife conservation to government offices to health institutions,” according to Wairimu Ndirangu, administrative director and KSP professor.

Two other exhibitions offer visitors a chance to explore Laurentian connections to the continent.  Prints from renowned humanitarian photographer David duChemin showcase the development work of Kathleen Colson ’79 and her NGO, The Boma Project, which helps communities across northern Kenya alleviate extreme poverty.  A third exhibition features student work from Professor Obiora Udechukwu’s Nigerian uli drawing and studio art courses.  West African textiles from the Christopher Roy ’70 and Nora Leonard ’69 Roy Collection are also on display alongside traditional Yoruba carvings and masks from the gallery’s permanent collection.

As St. Lawrence kicks off the next 40 years of African Studies, both on- and off-campus, see for more information on the Engaging Africa Initiative.