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Educating Darfur Refugees: A Jesuit's Efforts in Chad


reviewed by Daniel Hendrickson July 28, 2008

coverTitle: Educating Darfur Refugees: A Jesuit's Efforts in Chad
Author(s): Patrick Samway
Publisher: University of Scranton Press, Chicago
ISBN: 1589661648, Pages: 293, Year: 2007
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Patrick Samway’s book, Educating Darfur Refugees, A Jesuit’s Efforts in Chad, is not a book about pedagogy and a philosophy of education. And it is. A memoir chronicling the time he spent in refugee camps on Chad’s side of the Sudanese border, Samway tells us about his efforts to set up schools. As he does so, he teaches us the recent and not so recent history of this part of Africa. We learn about the respective internal affairs of Chad, Libya, and Sudan, but also about the complicated, triangulated power-plays between the three nations as they vie for political influence and oil-drenched economics. We also learn about the ineffective, unhelpful, or indifferent postures offered by foreign nationals. In particular, Samway recalls George W. Bush’s obsession with Iraq as China’s African gaze grows in notable proportion. On leave from an academic post, Samway, a professor and a priest, spends the 2004-2005 academic year... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: July 28, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15319, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 2:56:19 AM

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  • Daniel Hendrickson
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    DANIEL HENDRICKSON, MA, MDIV, is a doctoral candidate in the Philosophy and Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University and an adjunct professor of philosophy at Fordham University. He has taught philosophy at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and in East Africa, at the Salvatorian Institute of Philosophy and Theology, Morogoro, Tanzania. A member of the Jesuits, his interests range from existential possibilities to issues of social justice of higher education.
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