- Jan 30 Opening conversation for "The Soul Selects her own Society: Women Artists from the Miller Meigs Collection"
- 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
Sasha Lansky ’14 (Amherst, Mass.) is an international studies and anthropology major with a French minor who is studying abroad this semester in Cameroon. She offered some reflections on her experience meeting a Cameroonian political opposition candidate.
One of my favorite quotes of his was, “What is politics used for? Politics is used to care for humanity,”
All is going quite well here in Cameroon. Aside from the difficult cultural adjustments, I’ve been enjoying myself immensely and have learned more than I could have ever imagined.
We have just returned from a two-week trip to the western part of the country, where we discussed and learned about politics and Cameroon’s opposition parties. The final weekend of the trip was spent in Bamenda, in Cameroon’s Anglophone region. We had a lecture from a member of the Southern Cameroons National Council (SCNC), and on Saturday night were honored to meet and dine with John Fru Ndi, leader of Cameroon’s main opposition party—the Social Democratic
Fru Ndi was truly inspiring. His ideas reminded me of many that we avow at Macalester, including strengthening the participation of youth and orchestrating crossroads at which the world’s youth can engage in dialogue. We spent well over two hours asking the chairman questions and listening to his passionate responses.
One of my favorite quotes of his was, “What is politics used for? Politics is used to care for humanity,” something I think is often forgotten in Cameroon, where many feel ignored and disregarded by the government.
John Fru Ndi began his career as a bookseller, so naturally he spoke with us quite a bit about books. He suggested a book that has changed his life—Leading like Madiba, which is about Nelson Mandela, and encouraged us to continue reading and to read quickly.
One of his final comments was also memorable. When he was asked by my classmate, economics major Mackey Borg ’14 (Honolulu), how youth from outside Cameroon can contribute to its development, Fru Ndi suggested that out of the 13 American students in our group, 5 of the girls marry Cameroonian men and that both of the boys marry Cameroonian women as a way of creating more bridges between our two nations. We all laughed.
Fru Ndi’s speech was particularly inspiring since he is the first Cameroonian we’ve come across who really believes in working toward change, and that change in this country—which has been under the leadership of one man for 30 years—is possible.