- Feb 3 Taste of Service
- Feb 3 Macalester New Music Series presents INTERSECTION: Jazz Meets Classical Song
- Feb 4 'Moving Beyond Minnesota Nice:' Engaging Diversity in the Classroom
- Feb 12 Mitau Lecture
- Feb 17 Black History Month Keynote: Dr. Joy DeGruy - "Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome"
- Feb 18 Mental Health Awareness Film & Speaker
- Feb 19 The Inaugural Lecture of James Dawes as DeWitt Wallace Professor of English
- Feb 19 Robert Blanchette on "Tombs, sunken ships and historic huts: studying ancient wood reveals secrets from the past"
- Feb 19 Chamber Music at Macalester: Brahms Clarinet Quintet with Osmo Vanska
- Feb 20 Macathon 2015
With the help of a Macalester Live-It grant, Caroline Karanja ’12 returned to Kenya to build a greenhouse for girls orphaned by AIDS.
Caroline Karanja ’12
Hometown: Kenya; Madison, Wis.
Major: American Studies
Project goal: My goal was to bring a greenhouse to Kenya’s Hekima Place that would allow the girls there to grow food more sustainably than the rocky earth allows. I was interested in a project that pulled together two elements often ignored in Kenyan politics: the environment and young women,
Why Kenya and Hekima Place: I chose Kenya because it’s my native country and I try to give back to the communities that have shaped my life. I chose Hekima Place because I knew it was a good organization that is truly changing the lives of many young women by providing them with education, shelter, and a strong, positive family structure.
Results: Hekima Place is not just about the girls. They sell clean water to the surrounding community at a fraction of regular cost. With the greenhouse, they can provide food for the 60-plus girls who live at Hekima and to people in the surrounding community. They’ll sell the surplus produce to the community at a reduced price, helping everyone become independent, despite drought and rising food prices.
What you got out of it: I learned a lot about the “invisible” parts of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. We don’t often talk about those displaced by it, like these girls.
Favorite moment: One day we had a very interesting conversation about women and political power. The new constitution grants women significantly more rights, especially in terms of political power and inheritance. These teenagers had a very clear picture of Kenyan politics. One of them said, “Now maybe a woman can be president and we can have a say on the future of Kenya!”
Grant provided by Macalester's IGC Student Council "Live It Fund"