Counseling Services hosted a Men in Totality talk in the auditorium on Thursday, November 24 moderated by prominent television personality and journalst Mr. Johnson Mwakazi. The Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza led a panel of men who shared their experiences around issues that touch on male socialization, roles and identities, image as well as sexual and reproductive health issues.
Dr. Oscar Githua (Associate Professor of Psychology), Mr. Daniel Weke (IBA, ‘15), Mr. Ernest Wamboye (Journalism, ’12) and Mr. Andrew Balongo shared from their collective experiences seeking to get male students, faculty and staff to engage on a range of issues that have a bearing on their professional and personal success not only on campus, but also in the wider society.
A book review article by Dr. Kioko Ireri, an Assistant ProfessorofJournalismandMassCommunication has been published in the current issue of Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly (JMCQ) -- the world’s oldest journal in the journalism field, since1924.
The reviewed book, Journalism and Political Exclusion is authored by Professor DebraM.Clarke,anAssociate Professor of Sociology at Trent University, Canada. Clarke uses comprehensive data from studies on reception research to strongly demonstrate that in spite of the hype and optimism associated with digital media, the new phenomenon is no departure from the traditional media, as it continues to perpetuate “information poverty,” resulting in political disengagement.
Basically, the point that Clarke is driving home is that journalism practice—whether traditional or digital—creates political alienation, mostly among those of low socio-economics tatus and women.These are the population segments that particularly experience     information     poverty,     despite     the proliferation of news sources in the “information age.”
She argues that these groups are reduced to “non-publics” and excluded from the “public sphere.” JMCQ, a highly respected publication is a flagship journal for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) -- the largest American organization for academics in the field. Dr. Ireri has reviewed books and research articles for JMCQ since 2014.
Dr. Simeon Sungi (Associate Professor of Criminal Justice)deliveredtheinauguralInstituteofPublicPolicy andInternationalAffairs(IPPIA)MonthlyPublicLecture on Friday, December 18, on “Teaching Ethics in InstitutionsofHigherLearninginAfrica.”Hespoketoa group of graduate and doctoral international relations students on the moral erosion of values in student attitudes toward education. He recommended the inclusion of a morality component in all courses delivered in a university, as the first step towards changingethicalbehavioroncampus.
The IPPIA monthly lecture series, is designed to contribute to a body of knowledge useful to the university community, and in particular graduate students of international relations. The Institute was formed to provide technical assistance and capacity building support to governments, in order to improve and transform governance through innovation, research, technical assistance, and training.
The next lecture will be on Friday, January 27 at the Library Conference Room, on the topic “Academic Freedom, Staff Welfare and Quality Education in Universities: An Anatomy of Corruption and Exploitation.”
Mr. Silvester Mutua (Lecturer of Journalism) has been selected to be a member of the Machafest Short Film Festival Competition Jury for the second year in a row. As part of the jury, Mr. Mutua will shortlist ten pieces for screening at the Machakos People’s Park amphitheater, after which the best four will be selected.

The festival features short films based on any key idea or phrase, and is organized by the Machakos Entertainment Centre for Film, Media, Music and the Arts (Machawood). Teams of USIU-Africa Journalism majors are also participating in the Festival’s student category.
USIU-Africa held the 3rd East African Multidisciplinary Research Conference (EAMARC) from the November 15-17 at the auditorium. This year’s theme -Sustainable development goals; The role of research, innovation and capacity building - dwelt on the  17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by members of the United Nations on September 25, 2015, to “end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity” as part of a global development agenda to be realized over the next fifteen years. The conference received a record number of presentations by researchers from Africa, Asia and North America, focusing on how applied research would assist in meeting the 169 targets of the aspects of the global sustainable development agenda.

Senior USIU-Africa leaders convened for an annual retreat from 10-13 November at Sopa Lodge, Naivasha to reflect on the strategic direction and development of the University.

The Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza has joined the Administrative Board of the International Association of Universities (IAU), following his election at the IAU 15th General Conference held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 13-16 November 2016.

Vice Chancellor Professor Paul Zeleza spoke at the 11th Annual Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Africa Conference which took place between 8-10 November, 2016 at Fairview Hotel,Nairobi.

M.A. Communication Studies graduate student (and IBA '2010 alumna) Kangai Mwiti is the winner of the Makeup and Fashion category of the Sub-Saharan African YouTube Awards held in Johannesburg, South Africa on Friday, 11 November 2016. Ms. Mwiti's makeup channel's close to 100,000 subscribers and over 6.5 million views have propelled her into a household name all over the world.

The Institute of Public Policy and International Affairs (IPPIA) will hold the first of a monthly dialogue series this Friday, November 18 at the Library Conference Room beginning at 12pm. The presenter will be Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Dr. Simeon Sungi, who will speak on “Teaching ethics in institutions of higher learning in Africa". He will then field questions from his audience at the end of the session, expected to end at 3pm.