His Majesty King Letsie III of Lesotho to visit Oxford

first_imgThe current King of the kingdom of Lesotho, His Majesty King Letsie III, is to visit Oxford to speak at the Union on Saturday 4th May. The event is part of the Oxford University Pan-African Conference, the flagship event of the Oxford University African Society. The Conference, which is now three years old, is said by the organisers to be one of the largest gatherings of African students that take place in the UK.His Majesty King Letsie, who studied Developmental Studies at Cambridge, is to give a talk on the theme: “Towards a 21st Century African Renaissance: Sowing the Seeds of Success“. Other high profile speakers include Euvin Naidoo, the Chair of the South African Chamber of Commerce in America, who Forbes ranked in 2011 as one of the “Top 10 most powerful and influential men under 40 in Africa” and BankyW, a renowned Nigerian musician.Martin Kayondo, organiser of the conference, spoke of its aims. He said, “The objective of the 2013 OUPAC is to bring together dynamic scholars, entrepreneurs and leaders from around the world, who will discuss issues of African leadership, governance, technological advancement, sustainable development and healthcare innovation. It aims to showcase Africa’s ongoing development and investment potential, to change people’s perceptions and in so doing recognise Africa’s emerging role as an economic powerhouse and a vital player on the global political stage. We, as participants, seek to engage with this transformational change and influence its direction as we sow the seeds of success for future generations.”Chloe Kane, a second year PPE student at Wadham, commented, “I am very excited about this conference and that so many prestigious and important speakers are coming to speak at Oxford right at the Union.”last_img read more

University Archives seeks contributions to pandemic experience project

first_imgA public health professor conducting research on COVID-19. An international student attending virtual classes in a different time zone. A staff member still reporting to work on an eerily quiet campus. A group of alumni sharing work from home tips. These are all valuable stories from a pandemic, and the Harvard University Archives wants to capture thousands like them with the new COVID-19 Community Archiving Project.The project aims to preserve history as it is happening by collecting multimedia, first-person documentation from the broad Harvard community.It is intended to show how thousands of Harvard students, alumni, faculty, and staff, plus Cambridge residents and business owners, experienced this pandemic. Through the project, Harvard University Archives (HUA) staff hope to learn about Harvard community members’ recent and daily experience; on campus, in the lab, at home, or elsewhere.“To do this project, we need your help,” archivists wrote on the project website. “We would like to collect the materials you are creating right now that document this time and submit them to this project for archiving and future research.”,HUA staff think the archive will provide valuable information for future historians, doctors and scientists, public policy experts, Harvard administrators, and others. It will illustrate for them how our community reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic, and how the community responded at Harvard and, with others, in helping to support the broader world.This idea was in part inspired by materials in our archives documenting Harvard’s experiences during the 1918 flu pandemic, which we are learning from today.Contributions to the project could include documentation of students’ last hours on campus; images of remote work spaces or University spaces repurposed during campus closures; screen captures of virtual teaching schedules or social media connecting Harvard community members; and artwork inspired by the “new normal.”Materials — in the form of digital photographs, text files, PDFs, spreadsheets, presentations, audio files, or video files — should be submitted using the COVID-19 Community Archiving Project submission form.If you are interested in submitting materials and have questions about the project, please see our frequently asked questions or contact Virginia Hunt, Associate University Archivist for Collection Development and Records Management Services. Read Full Storylast_img read more