The University of Iowa

"eGranary evaluation and update on progress"

October 14th, 2010

The UI African Studies Program is pleased to invite the university community and the general public to the second lecture in its Fall Baraza series.


Topic: “eGranary evaluation and update on progress”
Presenter: Cliff Missen (Widernet)
Date/Time:Monday, Oct. 18, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Location: 315 Phillips Hall

Cliff Missen, MA
Director of The WiderNet Project
Professor at SLIS of the University of Iowa

Missen has over 20 years professional experience in computers, networking, multimedia design, and applications development. At The WiderNet Project, he combines this with his long-term interest in international development. His first visit to Africa was with a medical team in 1982, and he continues to teach and promote appropriate water well drilling technology through the U.S. non–profit organization Wellspring Africa.

“I want to see the day when African technicians — so steeped in understanding of ICT technology — bend and twist these tools to create appropriate and affordable communications systems for the most rural villages in Africa,” Missen said.

The Swahili word “baraza” roughly translates to “meeting” or “forum” in English. The Baraza series brings a combination of UI and external scholars, graduate students, faculty and practitioners in various fields to the university for lectures on interdisciplinary research in African studies.

International Programs and African Studies Programs are sponsoring the lecture series.

To view the entire series schedule, visit