The Kenya Museum Society’s annual Know Kenya Course will take place from October 28 through November 1, 2008.
The course is an information-rich week designed to help participants discover many of Kenya’s hidden treasures. The course consists of 10 morning lectures, tours of the new museum galleries and different museum departments, films, evening lectures and a sports panel. The last day outing will be held at the National Railway Museum. This year’s topics and presenters offer a diverse look at lesser-known and better-known aspects of Kenya, including:
Sacred Sites and Monuments – Mr. Jacob Mhando
Prehistory in Kenya – Dr. Meave Leakey
Challenges of Nationhood and Identity in Kenya – Mr. John Sibi- Okumu
Urban Culture – Ms. Joyce Nyairo
Human Rights/Gender Issues – Ms. Muthoni Nyeke and the Honourable Njoki Ndung’u
The Media – Mr. Salim Lone
Economic Development in Kenya: The Real Issues – Mr. Sunny Bhindra
Elephant Conservation – Ms. Paula Kahumbu
The Baobob Tree – Mr. Rupert Watson
Kenya: A Country in the Making 1880-1940 – Mr. Nigel Pavitt
Birds in Kenya – Mr. Munir Virani
Sports Panel - Moderated by Martin Keino and featuring Mr. Paul Tergat and Ms. Tecla Laroupe.
The films include ‘Queen of the Trees’ – presented by the film makers Victoria and Mark Deebles and ‘Echo of the Elephants: The Last Chapter’ to be introduced by Dr. Cynthia Moss.
The cost for fulltime participants is Ksh 5,000 (including field trip), students Ksh 2,000 (excluding field trip). Single lectures are Ksh 500. Any two lectures are Ksh 800.