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Future of Maasai people topic of distinguished lecture

Tepilit Ole Saitoti will deliver the Grayson Kirk Distinguished Lecture "Maasai People at the Crossroads" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in 115 Shideler Hall. It is the second Grayson Kirk Distinguished Lecture this semester.

The Maasai, who have successfully maintained their heritage, including their pastoral use of land, now face an increasing loss of land to government purposes.

Saitoti is a Maasai elder, leader, activist, author and lecturer from Tanzania who was profiled in two National Geographic Society documentaries: "Man of the Serengeti" and "Serengeti Diary." A former ranger in the Serengeti, he is the director of a Maasai nongovernmental organization on pastoralism.

Saitoti attended Harvard University and the Goethe Institute in Munich, graduated with honors from Emerson College and received a master’s degree in natural resources at the University of Michigan. His recent books are The Worlds of a Maasai Warrior: An Autobiography and Maasai.

The Grayson Kirk Distinguished Lecture Series was endowed by the Tinker Foundation in honor of Grayson Kirk, Miami class of 1924.

The lecture series brings in public figures and recognized scholars to address international issues. It is presented by Miami’s international studies program and black world studies program. Call 9-5333 for more information.

Date Published: 10/18/2001
Volume: 21   Number: 12

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