Painting by Cheri Samba

Lokuta eyaka na ascenseur, kasi vérité eyei na escalier mpe ekomi. Lies come up in the elevator; the truth takes the stairs but gets here eventually. - Koffi Olomide

Ésthetique eboma vélo. Aesthetics will kill a bicycle. - Felix Wazekwa

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Rift Valley Course on the Great Lakes this summer in Bujumbura

We will be teaching a course this summer on the politics and history of the Great Lakes in Bujumbura from July 9-15. It is a lot of fun - we have some of the foremost experts on the region coming to teach. Last year, we had diplomats, humanitarian officials, academics and journalists attend.

This year the teaching staff includes Isidore Ndaywel (leading Congolese historian), David Newbury, Catharine Newbury, Willy Nindorera (ICG analyst on Burundi), Filip Reytjens, Pascal Kambale (leading Congolese lawyer), myself and 5-6 others. We have around six presentations a day, and debates and discussion that spill over into drinks and dinner.

For more information, see the pamphlet below and email


Anonymous said...

3 credit hours for a weeklong seminar. Welcome to Grad school light!

Rich said...

US $ 4,000? excluding travel costs!

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Anonymous said...

Hi Jason, I am an undergrad student researching higher education in the Congo. I am wondering, have you heard of the school Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo (UCBC)?

Here is the website:

From the info I have gathered so far about UCBC, it seems like a very positive contribution and an innovative model of education in the Congo. I'm wondering if you have any impressions of this college...

I am commenting on this blog post as I read that Baraka Kasali, Relationship Manager of the Eastern Congo Initiative partnership, attended the Rift Valley Institute’s Great Lakes Course in July 2011, as a UCBC representative.

Thank you for your help!

Angie (

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