Professor Discusses Effects of Embassy Bombing on Kenyans

Nov. 6, 1998

Dr. Blake Burleson, a religion lecturer and acting director of the African Studies program, will present a speech titled "U.S. Embassy Blast: What Does it Mean for Kenyans?" at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in the Cowden Room, third floor of the Bill Daniel Student Center, as part of the Baylor University Council for International Education's "All the News That's Fit to Discuss" lecture series.

The purpose of the lecture series is "to generate discussion among students and faculty about current events around the world," Burleson said.

Burleson will discuss the bombing that took place in Nairobi, Kenya, on Aug. 7 from the perspective of a Kenyan. "The bombing has caused several problems in Kenya including economic problems and a 'shaky infrastructure,'" Burleson said.

"There is an underlying tension between Moslems and Christians in East Africa and Kenya, and there is also tension between religions of the west and Kenya," Burleson said.

Although Burleson has been teaching at Baylor for 11 years, this is the first time he will participate in the Council for International Education's lecture series. The council has held the series annually for three years.

For more information, contact Burleson at 710-6374 or Dr. Joan Supplee, associate professor of history and director of the Latin American Studies program, at 710-6294.

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