Division of International Studies on July 22nd, 2010

By Cynthia Williams, Director of External Relations, UW-Madison Division of International Studies [Ed. note: Last March, Chancellor Martin signed an MOU with UW-Madison and a new university in Kazakhstan, pledging to undertake a feasibility study to develop models for a School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the New University of Astana.] When I flew […]

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International Studies on August 21st, 2009

By Catherine Reiland July 17, 2009, Part 2 Sitting at the helm of our Toyota Land Cruiser was James, one of the most sought-after guides at  Akagera Park. There was not a creature or plant that he could not name. His keen eyes even led us to the elusive Mutware, or “Crazy Elephant” as James […]

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International Studies on July 27th, 2009

By Catherine Reiland July 17, 2009, Part I Based at the tranquil Hotel Dereva on the main highway that runs through the sleepy town of Rwamagana we were about an hour’s drive to Rwanda’s Akagera National Park. As the sun rose we piled into three Toyota Land Cruisers with all the fixings to have an […]

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International Studies on July 27th, 2009

By Catherine Reiland July 10, 2009 After about a week in the capital city of Kigali we headed southwest to the university town of Butare. Butare’s main street bustles with activity as motorcycle taxis, matatus, and bicycles rumble by. Maneuvering through pedestrian and wheel traffic past the ever-popular Matar Supermarket (a go-to place for fresh […]

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International Studies on July 24th, 2009

By Catherine Reiland July 9, 2009 Our travels across Rwanda would not be possible without the expert help and knowledgeable advice from Jeremiah and Giome, two guides from the Kigali-based  Bizidanny Tours and Safaris. With a group of 15 people there is a lot of luggage, so before heading for a long journey Jeremiah and […]

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International Studies on July 22nd, 2009

By Catherine Reiland July 8, 2009: Part Two A few hours after our chance meeting with Senator Beatrice Mukabaranga, we made our way to FAWE Girls’ School, a boarding school located in one of Kigali’s suburbs. The school, founded in 1999, is managed by its namesake, the Forum for African Women Educationalists-Rwanda Chapter. The secondary […]

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International Studies on July 22nd, 2009

By Catherine Reiland July 8, 2009 Hanging out in the lobby of Kigali’s Hotel Chez Lando can be a good way to meet Rwanda’s movers-and-shakers. Some of us had the pleasure of meeting Senator Beatrice Mukabaranga in the wood-paneled reception area the hotel. It was a chance meeting that turned into an informative discussion about […]

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International Studies on July 7th, 2009

By Catherine Reiland July 7, 2009 The Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) group is keenly interested in schooling in Rwanda, and in particular the role of education in national development. While some members of the group visited the Lycée de Kigali, I joined others to meet students and faculty at Riviera High School. The private […]

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International Studies on July 5th, 2009

By Catherine Reiland July 5, 2009 The Kigali Memorial Center opened on the 10th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide in 2004. Set above terraces overlooking Kigali the Memorial Center sits on a site where 250,000 are buried. Inside the crisp white building visitors walk through darkened spaces to learn about pre-colonial Rwanda and the historical […]

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International Studies on July 3rd, 2009

By Catherine Reiland July, 3, 2009 Following a restorative horizontal sleep after more than 24 hours of travel, the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) participants awoke to the sounds of roosters and other aviary activity in the Remera neighborhood of Rwanda’s capital city of Kigali. Our first group meeting was held at the Hotel Bloom’s […]

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International Studies on June 30th, 2009

Catherine Reiland “This is a unique opportunity to develop curriculum that will be integrated into classrooms across the United States. I am especially excited to work on the topic of “Youth on the Move” because of its engagement with senses of place, mapping, and intersections between art and movement.” — Catherine Reiland, assistant director of […]

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