On Friday, May 20, faculty from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in partnership with the Association of Teachers of Spanish – Kenya (ATS-Kenya), hosted approximately 150 USIU-Africa students of Spanish along with 40 Strathmore University students of Spanish on the importance of the famous Spanish novel - Don Quixote – in modelling modern ways of writing fiction.

Assistant Professor of Spanish & Literature Javier Serrano who is also Vice President of the ATS-Kenya opened the session with an overview of world languages, emphasizing Spanish as an international language as well as the importance of language diversity in Kenya and the rest of Africa.

He was followed by a Mexican writer - Fernando Garcia Arellano – who presented the main features of Don Quixote; written over four centuries ago and widely considered as one of the greatest literary works ever written. 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of the celebrated author - Miguel de Cervantes – and coincidentally marks the death of yet another great author the Englishman William Shakespeare.

Juan Manglano, Deputy Head of Mission - Embassy of Spain in Nairobi invited students of Spanish to participate in a short story writing contest jointly organized by the embassy and ATS-Kenya.

ATS-Kenya’s nine-year relationship with the university began with the association’s founding president the late Assistant Professor of Spanish Vincent Cincotta, who launched the association in our auditorium. Other lecturers of Spanish who played key roles in organizing the event included Ms. Rachel Koigi, Mr. Douglas Macharia and Mr. Allan Aringo.