July 2010

The Department of Political Science, with the assistance of the Division of International Studies & Programs at Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK), is pleased to introduce its Botswana Program - a unique joint partnership between TAMUK and the University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana.

The Program is being directed by Dr. Nirmal Goswami, Professor of Political Science, TAMUK, and co-directed by Dr. Leapetswe Malete and Dr. Maitseo Bolaane, University of Botswana.

The Program will include twelve students traveling to and staying in Botswana from July 7th through July 23rd, attending classes at the University of Botswana, and visiting multiple sites through field trips within Botswana. Areas of focus include history, politics, economics, culture, health, environmental policies, etc., with reference to both Botswana and Southern Africa.

This blog will document our experience. You are welcome to post comments.

You are all invited to cyber travel with us as we learn about the unique and beautiful country of Botswana!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Power of Images

It has been my life long dream to go to Africa and to get to come with this amazing group of students has been the experience of a lifetime! I majored in Political Science in the 1980s and this trip has reminded me of the reasons I was drawn to the subject.
We have experienced a lovely sample of the rich culture and history of the people of Botswana. We have tasted the food, participated in traditional ceremonies, heard stimulating lectures, visited villages, museums, art galleries, NGOs, and a San settlement. We have talked with faculty, staff, students, vendors, cab drivers, widows and children. We have fallen in love with the people and this beautiful country. Botswana allowed us to experience the best of Africa in a peaceful and hospitable country where tribal tradition requires individual to openly discuss grievances before they escalate. They stand as an example of the widespread value of open communication to promote peace.
We leave this country richer because of what we experienced. We will take back images of both faces and places with us. All of these images will enrich our lives for forever. We will always view this part of Africa through those images. I will forever remain grateful for this experience.

Ginger G.

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