It’s been exactly 7 months since my last post. And a lot has happened since.
If you look at the title of the blog, you’ll get a clue about the biggest development. That’s right–the blog is now titled “South Africa 2009.” I’m going back.
Thanks to a grant from the Hart Leadership Program’s Service Opportunities in Leadership (SOL) Program and the Dean’s Summer Research Grant, I will be headed back to South Africa for 10 weeks this summer. Starting May 20, I will resume my work with Cape Town’s District Six Museum. For eight weeks, I will be researching how the museum can best respond to the challenges and opportunities posed by the 2010 World Cup (which SA is hosting). On July 12, I will be flying to Johannesburg to spend 2 weeks there and in Pretoria researching South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), an official government commission led by Desmond Tutu and others to come to grips with past violence, rebuild the nation, and establish national unity post-apartheid. I will leave SA on July 24 and return to Buffalo the next day.
Needless to say, I am looking forward to another summer adventure. I hope you will join me along for the ride…again.