Fr. Michael C. Kirwen, M.M.
The purpose of the project, begun in 2001, was to make available to both students and faculty of Maryknoll Institute of African Studies, the student papers submitted for each course which are grounded in primary field research data. In 2003, another development in the program led to a series of books dealing with both the 15 foundational themes of African cultural knowledge and the 35 activities, happenings, events in the lives of ordinary people.
The book on the themes have been edited into a 274 page book titled African Cultural Knowledge: Themes and Embedded Beliefs. The book was on the market in Jan. 2005 and represents a major breakthrough in understanding and teaching the structure of cultural knowledge worldwide. Furthermore, MIAS is now registered with the Kenyan government as a book publisher.
Finally, a website (www.africancultures.org) has been set up to promote and sell the book and volumes of the Journal via the website. This is an on-going project and will continue indefinitely. With your help, these books will be available to the local African students and lecturers.