The following are webinars and seminars organized around the UoN@50 celebrations:
- A Crisis of Climate or Choice? Risks and response to improving water security for the poor. The Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation, College of Biological and Physical Sciences. The lecture is on the climate crisis from the perspective of social choices in rural Africa and Asia. We situate the discussion in terms of the risks and responses people face in their lives and livelihoods at home, work and school. Drawing upon inter-disciplinary research with practitioners in multiple countries, we review multi-decadal data which provides insights into the structural inequalities which constrain the daily chores of rural people. A legacy of well-meaning but poorly executed policy and investments demand new thinking in allocating water security risks and responsibilities between communities, markets and states. We discuss emerging responses including the launch of performance based funding for rural water services for over one million people in the Central African Republic, Burkina Faso, Kenya and Uganda.
- The University of Nairobi Library in collaboration with eKitabu organized for online training on the following areas in commemoration of UoN@50; Remote Access to Library E-Resources, and Access to eKitabu Core Textbooks. Objective of the training is to Build Skills in Accessing Electronic Resources. Target Audience: All UoN Students, Researchers and Staff. Date: Thursday 3rd December 2020 (10AM – 11.30AM). Step by step presentation on the above topic is availed on the Library website: Library Guides and Presentations
- IAGAS@50 Day: From A Cultural Division to a Research and Teaching Institute. Date: December 4, 2020. Time: 2:00 PM EAT
- UoN@50 Webinar organised by the Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology. The Objective of the Webinar is to bring on board multi-stakeholders to demystify the noble field of Nuclear Science and Technology. Date: Wednesday, 2nd December 2020 from 2.00 pm to 4.00pm
- Implementation of the new competence-based curriculum (CBC): Lessons learned from Finland. Date: December 2, 2020 from 10.00 am to 11.00 am
- Kiswahili Ulimwenguni Webina - “Kiswahili in the Globe”. Date: December 2, 2020. Time: 2.00 pm. Video Link
- The Global Political Economy and Africa’s Development over the Last 60 Years: Sub-Saharan Africa remains so deprived today in which ethnic conflicts, civil wars or factional leadership struggles have completely destroyed the economic and political institutions. Some countries have however maintained progressive economic development albeit sluggishly. The promise of independence has not been realized. What went wrong? What is the way forward in Africa’s Development? Date: November 30, 2020. Time: 2:00 PM
- Capacity Development in Agriculture for attainment of Food security, SDGs and Vision 2030 for Kenya: Opportunities for Early Career Scientists and Industry: The linkage between the University and the alumni is critical in forging strong partnership and collaboration for quality capacity development. There has been a weak linkage between the learning institution and their alumni, which has impacted on efforts to strengthen partnership and development of initiatives that address the current needs. Most alumni are working out there in the industry and there are a lot of lessons, new developments in the job market that needs to inform the present training process of future workforce and scientists. Therefore, as the UoN celebrates 50 years, the Faculty of Agriculture looks forward to bringing the alumni and the present students together and share on the need to strengthen the alumni networks. This will provide opportunities for alumni participation in training, curriculum review and also strategic development initiative for the faculty. Date: Thursday 3rd December. Time: 3.00pm
- “UoN @50: Conversations on Kenyan Literature and our Being.” The Department of Literature at the University of Nairobi has been a key member of the larger family of literary scholarship locally, regionally and internationally. Date: 25th November 2020. Time: 2 –5 PM (EAT)
- Anthropology Today: (Re) positioning the discipline of Anthropology in the Global Discourse. Anthropology, because of its holistic perspective, is at the core of global discourses such as climate change, health/disease, science and technology, governance and development, among others. Unprecedented changes and great innovations (including the ever evolving digital world and spaces) have created significant impacts on human experience and behavior globally.The need to understand and deal with these complexities makes anthropology extremely relevant. Over the years, anthropology has grown to become the “go to” discipline globally when dealing with all facets of human nature and experience. Date: November 23, 2020. Time: 2:00 PM
- The two third gender rule "mirage unlocking the stalemate". Friday, November 13, 2020 from 3.00 pm to 5 pm.
- My Reflections on Prof. Wangari Maathai. Webinar celebrates the life of Nobel Laureate Prof. Wangari Maathai. Prof. Stephen Kiama, the Vice-Chancellor made the keynote presentation titled "My Reflections on Prof. Wangari Maathai: Wangari Maathai Institute." Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020. Time: 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.
- UoN@50: Scholarship Trajectories a Half Century On. The webinar reflects on the history of scholarship in the University over in a number of disciplines. We argue that the historical trajectory of UoN’s scholarship, in its different facets, phases and agency, went beyond the simple binary of Marxists and non-Marxist conceptions alluded to above. We have put together a multidisciplinary team of academics, as presenters and discussants, to reflect on the contradictions that have constituted the scholarship in UoN in the last half century as we look forward to the history of the future in the next half century. Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020 from 2.00 PM
- A History of Development Research with Prof. Bethwell A. Ogot. The Institute for Development Studies (IDS) seminar on the History of Development Research celebrates the scholarship of Prof. Bethwell A. Ogot. IDS Nairobi is celebrating Prof. Ogot as a co-founding Director of the Institute in October 1965. Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020, from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm EAT
- Prof. Njuguna Ng’ethe - Valedictory Ceremony: Prof. Njuguna Ng’ethe retired from the Institute for Development Studies (IDS), University of Nairobi. We remember him as our great teacher, researcher, and mentor even in retirement. For this great service and contribution and as part of our tradition at IDS Nairobi, we invite you to join colleagues, students, and friends from all over the world to remember the good days as he reflects on his journey in the academy. Date: Friday, October 30, 2020, from 3:00 pm EAT to 5:00 pm.
- Sixty Years of Post Independence Governance in Africa: Trends and Lessons Learnt. The African state continues to attract academic interest of significant diversity. To some, the political happenings are not only unique but intriguing, others, the economic structure remains fragile, while to others, and the cultural fluidity remains a critical lens in understanding Africa.
The post-independence period was to usher high expectations among African people whose alienation in the colonial political economy was to be put to rest. Political liberalization was to advance the material conditions of the people.
The African state has evolved through colonial conquest and monopolization. This was characterized by discrimination, alienation and humiliation of the indigenous. Independence then was expected to bring to an end the abject poverty, backwardness and deprivation.
The jury is out and academic discourse is intense on the performance of the African state. Therefore, the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Nairobi invites you to a lecture by Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, University of Florida, USA. In addition, this lecture brings new insights to the debate with renowned academicians, namely: Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, Governor of Kisumu County and Prof. Peter Wanyande, Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Nairobi. Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020. Time: 2:00pm-5:00pm
- The Role of the Academy in the Development Processes. Prof. Sharon Fonn, Prof. Tade Aina and Prof. Fumni Olonisakin discussion on 'The Role of the Academy in the Development Processes: Dimensions and Perspectives at a critical juncture for Development.’ Date: Friday, October 9, 2020 from 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM
- Establishing a Decentralized & Connected Society for Localizing SDGs in the Face of COVID-19: Webinar by the Distinguished Chair at the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies (WMI), Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi, held on Wednesday, September 23, 2020
- Seminars on development debates: Seminars by the Institute for Development Studies (IDS), University of Nairobi - October 8, 2020
- A History of Development Research with Prof. Bethwell A. Ogot: A seminar on the History of Development Research to celebrate the scholarship of Prof. Bethwell A. Ogot will be held online on Thursday, October 29, 2020, from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm EAT. IDS Nairobi is celebrating Prof. Ogot as a co-founding Director of IDS. He founded IDS on October 8, 1965.