Saturday, December 11, 2010
The Long Road to Nagaland University
Heather and I had the opportunity to give lectures at Nagaland University in Lumami. Lumami was a 4 1/2 hour drive through some of the roughest roads and steepest cliffs in Nagaland. I don't usually get car sick but this drive was special. See the video below.
When we arrived in Lumami it was much more rural than Kohima. Were were shown to our dorm room and then treated to an authentic Naga dinner by Dr. Monalisa who teaches in the Political Science Department at Nagaland University. Were were also advised to use our mosquito nets when we slept.....see below.
The sunrise in Lumami was incredible as was our interactions with students and faculty at Nagaland University.
After our lectures, which both spoke to the transformative power of art and education, we met with students who were interested in talking about college teaching, life in America, politics, culture, etc. It was one of the hardest days in Nagaland (I was really sick) but also one of the most meaningful.