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Feedback on Africa & America
a multimedia presentation
by keith harmon snow


Program Assistant, World Hunger Year, New York, NY:
In French, we say ‘ca caille’ in referring to something that really sticks to your bones, that is particularly heavy in nature and leaves you feeling full for a long time. I had this sort of ‘caille’ feeling last night after your talk. I found your presentation really beautiful. And I loved the way you began and ended with gorgeous images of life as something continuing and moving, rather than the static images I’d more often seen of Africa. I think a lot about what goes on in these countries and have friends from different places in Africa, but I’ve never been there myself. Your presentation was very effective, I thought, at putting someone, an American in my case, in these different situations and making us feel comfortable there. I loved what you shared with us. It was a real pleasure to listen to your presentation last night. Thank you for sharing your stories with us.

Warm Regards,
Wendy


Further feedback:

Keith:

Don't forget that we read your articles aloud standing on chairs around here! You are doing very important work. Your pictures take my breath away. What specific countries are they from? I can't believe the beautiful things you've seen, in addition to the hardships. I really admire what you have done with your life. I wanted to let you know that your presentation at the Brecht Forum, where I teach French and spend a great deal of my time among good people, really changed everything I had thought about Africa. It opened me up to the beautiful things on this continent. As you know, media and even humanitarian groups portray Africa as a really dreadful place. Your work has reaffirmed a love I have had for this continent and firmed my commitment to getting over there and giving of myself in some way.

Aldwyn (Wendy) Hamilton
Program Assistant, Reinvesting in America Program
World Hunger Year
505 Eighth Ave., Suite 2100
New York, NY 10018


Former United Nations consultant; expert on AIDS in Africa:

Thank you for your excellent presentation. It was very well put together. I think your talk is so very important and needs to get out there. 3 million people and no response!!!!!

All the best,

Steve

Steve Minkin
PO Box 6073
Brattleboro, VT 05302


Filmmaker (at New Delhi Lecture)

Keith!

We all still talk/think about your Africa lecture - you were absolutely brilliant.

Keep well
Sanjay

Sanjay Kak
Filmmaker, New Delhi
A lecture organized with Arundhati Roy and Prof. Mugul Manglick in attendance.


Bates College student:

Hi Keith:

Once again, thank you for coming up to Maine and sharing your incredible photos and deep stories and experiences with everyone at Bates. Still, a week later, people are talking about many of the issues that surfaced during your presentation. Also, we have been organizing for Quebec City, and after [your talk] there has been a substantial increase in curiosity and participation surrounding ‘neocolonialism,’ and many of the ideas/institutions that come with it... As I said to you the other night, you really blessed so many people here...You opened so many peoples eyes and expanded peoples consciousness to many levels that now, I do believe, they cannot turn back and remain silent. Once you know the truth, and it becomes a part of your life, you can’t go back—you cannot opt out of life.

Be in touch and take care.

With respect and blessings,
Margot Fine
Bates College


Western New England College Student:

To Rwandan Professor Jean Marie Higiro:

I highly encourage you to use Keith Snow’s presentation in future classes. It gave me a perspective I never thought existed.

Suzanne Rigoulot




To Mr. Snow:

I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation. I left that presentation and it had a pretty large affect on me as a person. I spent a long time thinking about everything that you had said and took a deep interest in trying to learn more about it. I recently went to the UN with the Management Association here at WNEC. I think by hearing your presentation, I got more out of this informative tour than the rest of the students. It frustrated me that some of my fellow students that were in Prof. Higiro’s class were hostile and silent, that frustrated me because they had nothing more than years of brainwashing to back up their facts and you have years of researching to back up yours. Good luck with all of your research, and I hope that more people will open up to you and allow you to inform them as you have informed me.

Thank You

Suzanne Rigoulot


Western New England College Student:

I just want to say thank you for your explanation to all of my question that baffle me. I am very glad that i met you, because at this point i have become more aware of the kinds of political issues that is plaguing the world. I wish all Americans were as open and willing to know the truth as you are, and i pray to God that sooner or later Americans can see the truth as you have. My question is, how is Amnesty trying to help or solve the crisis in Rwanda and how can students at WNEC help. Please i would like to help in anyway beacause one thing i do not want to happen again is what has already happened in Rwanda. I can not bare to watch the dominant forces demolishing my people.Because i believe if it has happened in Rwanda it can Happen in Ghana and anywhere in Africa. I pray for peace for Africa every night and i wish all Africans can see what you and me both have realized. So please tell me about how Western New England student can help and we will do every thing in our power to help. Thank you and God

Bless you.


Western New England College Student:

Dear Mr. Snow:

This is the Somalian student that you met in the East Africa class at WNE. My name is Sudi and I just wanted to say job well done. I really liked your style of resources.

In these days you can barely find people who are willing to reach get the bottom of the facts rather then settling with unreliable information. I suffered with information like that when it came to my home country, Somalia. People have heard so much negativity that they had reached the point of view Somalian people like they are animals. Just experiencing that negativity thought me to believe only information or story from both side of the involvers and not believe only what the American patriotic media wants you to see.

I would like to hear more about the program that you are involved. I am always inspire by people who are not only thinking of themselves but rather wanting to let others know what is really happening in the world or the specific topic.

When you gave your presentation about Rwanda and the tragedy that took place reminded me of home and the untrustworthy information about Somalian people.

Sincerely,
Sudi


Columbia University student from Africa:

Dear Keith,

I was in attendance and really appreciated your lecture. I am deeply concerned with my continent (I am Cape Verdean) especially as the world’s attention has completely turned another way—meaning, even well intentioned folks who may have given a shit about Africa are now convinced it’s all about some “terrorist” situation. In any case, neo-colonialism in my own country has never been violent in the sense of bloodshed, but it is the same exact process — different strokes, different folks.

Thanks again for the lecture,
Janine de Novais


Member of the community, University of Indiana, Bloomington, IN:

Thanks Keith. I have no criticism, constructive or otherwise, only deepest respect, appreciation and admiration for your passion, your commitment, your integrity, and your courage. I know I barely know you and perhaps as I get to know you better I will discover that after all you are only human but until then I want to thank you for your work and for sharing with those of us fortunate enough to be in attendance your most amazing tale of beauty and horror...

very good to meet you
Andy

Andy Moseisley


University of Massachusetts student:

About your presentation on Africa last week at Umass:

I was there, it was totally awesome, and I hope you feel really psyched about being able to communicate such an incredible part of the world’s reality to people. Speaking for myself, I appreciate it immensely, and so do the people who I talk to. So THANK YOU.

Helena

Helena Farrell


Professor of Postcolonial Studies, Columbia University

Hello

I am a professor of comparative literature and culture, and I am currently teaching a course in my specialty, “postcolonial african literature and theory.” I had asked about the source of the oil and mine concessions map that you used at your talk. I did a search on the internet and found something similar, but it was not nearly as elaborate as the version you presented. I would very much like to have a copy to use in my classroom... It so dramatically ties the beginning of the class (maps and discourses of the 19th century scramble) to the contemporary scramble that we are talking about at the end of the semester… It seems like something of that nature should be disseminated…

I appreciated your presentation, although I had to leave a little early to go teach. Thank you for it. I hope it was also a good experience for you.

my best,

Joey Slaughter
Asst. Professor of Postcolonial Studies
Dept. of English and Comparative Literature
Columbia University
NYC, NY 10027


Graduate of U.S. Army’s Fort Leavenworth, Kansas & Springfield College student:

It was complete bullshit. I was in the army and I graduated from Fort Leavenworth and its not in Texas, as [Mr. Snow] said. Its in Kansas. I didn’t believe most of what I was hearing and when he said all these dictators were trained by the U.S. military at Fort Leavenworth, Texas, I knew he was wrong because I went there. So I knew he was wrong on all that other stuff too and I walked out. What a waste of time. It really pissed me off.

(Student left the lecture early. He communicated this feedback to lecture organizers.)




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