President Brodhead Visits Duke Divinity Programs in Uganda

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

As part of a global outreach tour, Duke President Richard H. Brodhead this week visited Duke Divinity School faculty and students engaged in service work in Uganda.

The first president of Duke to make an official trip to Africa, Brodhead met with a variety of groups there from throughout Duke University to learn about their research, medical care, and other work in Uganda and Tanzania.

David Toole with Caroline Hope Griffith, Coordinator for Initiatives in Africa, and Duke Divinity M.Div. students Maranatha Wall and Jessica Andrews in UgandaBrodhead—along with a delegation that included the Divinity School’s David Toole, associate dean and senior director at Leadership Education,  and Caroline Hope Griffith, Coordinator for Initiatives in Africa—attended a dinner and reception with Duke students working on projects across Uganda. The students included Divinity School students Maranatha Wall and Jessica Andrews.

Brodhead also attended a Catholic Mass at Christ the King Church in Kampala, Uganda, led by Emmanuel Katongole, senior strategist for the Duke Center for Reconciliation and Duke Divinity School associate professor of theology and world Christianity.

After the mass, he met with leaders from the Center for Reconciliation’s African Great Lakes Initiative at Bethany House, a refuge Katongole created on the shores of Lake Victoria to promote reflection and dialogue among leaders from African countries.

“In the tranquility of this beautiful setting, we were honored to meet leaders from Africa’s Great Lakes countries and hear them share stories of appalling violence and of equally amazing feats of forgiveness and reconciliation,” Brodhead wrote about the visit in his blog. 

At Katongole’s invitation, Brodhead planted a pomegranate tree at the refuge. “Thanks to him, I have had my chance to get my hands dirty and plant something for future growth – a small symbolic echo of the work being done by Duke students and faculty in Uganda, Tanzania, and around the world,” Brodhead wrote.