The University of Iowa

Opportunities for Swahili students at the UI is Baraza topic April 4

March 25th, 2011

The University of Iowa African Studies Program’s spring Baraza series will continue Monday, April 4, with a lecture titled “Home and abroad: Expanding opportunities for Swahili students at The University of Iowa,” presented by Blandina Giblin and John Njue. The talk will take place in 1117 UCC at noon. All Baraza lectures are free and open to the public.

Blandina Kaduma Giblin and Dr. John Njue have taught Kiswahili language courses at the University of Iowa for many years. They will discuss the pleasures and pitfalls of teaching an African language on our campus, as well as their outlook for the future of Kiswahili instruction as they prepare to join the new Division of World Languages and Literature.

The Swahili word “baraza” roughly translates to “meeting” or “forum” in English. The 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 the African Studies Program are sponsoring the series. This lecture is also sponsored by the UI Department of English in CLAS.

To view the entire series schedule, visit For more information, contact Leo Eko at or 319-353-1926.