A Final Farewell From Our Hosts

On Saturday evening we ended our busy day by attending a lovely dinner provided by our KIE hosts: it was presided over by the Vice Dean of Arts and Languages, with his Head of the Department of Literature (which includes Drama) and the Drama Subject Leader along, of course, with our dear friends Leon and Jean and the student class representatives for each of the year groups we have worked with.  Leon was MC for the night, orchestrating the many speeches that were made reflecting not only on the considerable accomplishments of the past two weeks, but the overall success of the past four years.  There is great hope here for the continuing future of the collaboration. High on KIE’s list of priorities is the possibility of one or more of its graduates joining our Program, and of some of our graduates coming to KIE as visiting lecturers. KIE looks forward to concluding an official Memorandum of Agreement  with The CUNY SPS and wishes to host Dean Peterson in the not too distant future!

Thanks to earlier CUNY student fund raising efforts, we were able to donate to KIE copies of many of the books which are part of the MA in Applied Theatre curriculum. These were supplemented by books from Chris, Helen and Matt on behalf of the Program. (Thank you Matthew for your generous contribution.) The student representatives were very excited to have the new resources, and were promised immediate access to them through the Department.  It was also mentioned that the Level 5 students are welcome to come and use the books even after they graduate!

KIE also expressed their special gratitude when they were presented with a personal collection of plays donated by Heather Lanza’s friend Lauren Schneider.  Thank you so much Lauren!

We were honored by the gifts that were given to each one of us, which went above and beyond any expectations.  The warmth we have received from our hosts is meaningful and we will all remember this important experience as individuals and as a community.

A big THANK YOU to all our Rwandan friends from the CUNY MA Students and our fearless leaders, Helen and Chris

– Eva

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