This fall I am taking 6 classes at Boston University where I am pursuing a Masters in International Relations with a Certificate in African Studies. I am taking classes in American Diplomacy, Politics in Contemporary Africa, Politics of Southern Africa, UN Peacekeeping Operations, Guitar, and Ballroom Dancing.
The textbooks for class are pretty interesting:
-The Responsibility to Protect
-Brahimi Report and the Future of UN Peace Operations
-Markets and States in Tropical Africa
-21st Century Peace Operations
-War and the Intellectuals
-Politics of Necessity
-Country of My Skull
-States and Power in Africa
-African Politics in Comparative Perspective
-Fate of Africa
-Best Intentions: Kofi Annan & the UN in the Era of American World Power
-Zimbabwe: Years of Hope & Despair
-Politics in Southern Africa
-Empire as a Way of Life
So far I have read the Bottom Billion, Quiet American, and found Zimbabwe to be an easy and very informative read. I have gotten a couple chapters into Best Intentions and find the book interesting as I developed a negative opinion of Kofi Annan from reading about the UN interaction in Rwanda. When I visited Accra I toured the Kofi Annan Peacekeeping Training Center and I look forward to learning more about him.
The scariest or perhaps most challenging class has been ballroom dancing as I have squashed many of my dance partners toes over the past years. At least its only pass/fail and the grade is based upon attendance! I was initially worried that i would fail the class if stumbled during the waltz or dropped my partner (like in Dancing with the Stars). The guitar is just for fun, i have played around with it for years but not seriously until now. Thankfully this one is also pass/fail based on attendance.