Calm a series of natural beauty in the landscape, which weaves an intricate network of similar structures, arrested my opinion, if the flight of the Delta, where I was in the air, coming down just on that fateful Sunday morning, June 26, 2006. It was really the first significant visual impression of America personally.
I gave a lecture in English in college Fura Bay, University of Sierra Leone, a small West African former British colony neighboring Liberia, and both countries for more than a decade engaged in a fierce civil war, but is now trying to restore the peaceful democratic and economic reconstruction and development . In fact, we in Sierra Leone have just completed two rounds of general elections, in which the government has been quietly changed, except for isolated clashes in some parts of the country. I have mentioned Liberia as most Americans should make it easier to recognize it as her fate was so closely associated with the United States since its founding. In addition, liberyytsy have the same language and share the dollar as the national currency with the Americans. But Liberia has much in common with Sierra Leone since we share certain ethnicities, flora and fauna, as well as belong to two regional bodies, the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Mano River Union (MRU)
Thoughts about America has always remained in my head. But I never thought that this would be my share to soon visit the US through Louisville, covering four strategic city as a guest of the State Department, including 17 people from different parts of the world, India, Nepal, Palestine, Tunisia. , Jordan. Turkey, Congo, Kinshasa, Togo, Cameroon, Brazil, China, Mauritius, the Philippines, in the & # 39; etnam and Serbia.
My earliest links with America took place through the fiction, as well as biographies of famous Americans. Movies that often show the then information services of the United States (USIS) in Frytaune., Broadcast, "Voice of America" (VOA), such as program music request, organized liberyyskay Yvonne Barclay, software links for Sierra Leones in America to talk with friends and relations back to their homeland, which was held by the Sierra Leanin Ted Roberts contributed to my acquaintance with America. life problems in the US have also been received from more regular features and news programs. The American Library has created an excellent resource that greatly expanded my knowledge, familiarity and thirst to get to America. .But my tight not been destructive thing as this, many young Africans who would do anything just to get to America, and many deceived earnings for life and become so frustrated that suicide seems to them the most likely option. May has allowed widely disappointed. I hoped thirty years ago after graduating from college Waggons Bay go to the US to pursue a master's program in the field of mass communication, which was then my most faithful car option & # 39; EASURES. Seeing that the time is fast going against me, I had to choose a post-graduate diploma of education in the same college Waggons Bay. Then I immediately went to the master's of African literature course, which has greatly expanded my interest and knowledge in this field. When I later published Folktales from Frytauna it was as a forerunner who prepared the way. He acquired many university libraries in the US, as well as the Library of Congress.
Associated with the US Embassy, I can say that I'm back for more than thirty years, during which I was a member of his library. There I saw countless movies that were broadcast, and was witnessed live events as they unfolded, such as the recent US elections. We have always been open writers' conferences, poetry readings and other cultural events. I remember how some fifteen years ago, was a member of a discussion group on the two-volume collection of American stories that almost four months in the US betrayed them moderators. I think it was the longest study of American culture, which I've ever spent. It is, on the contrary, it must be my final preparation for teaching American literature for graduate students F, B.C. I felt a great joy in this lesson, and I am equally pleased that among the students in this area develops great interest. I went ahead to develop aids to supplement their lectures, among them: The development of American literature and Lengstan X & # 39; SW: The life and work in the celebration of black dignity.
In parallel, there were three lectures with them, which I read at the embassy to celebrate two important events in the United States: Moon black history and American independence Celebrations. I remember six years ago in the classroom in the last course, take pleasure in introducing a range of exciting American novels, n & # 39; EU and poetry. Not only that, I knew that such efforts quickly escalate – the visa without much fuss, the rapid involvement of the international visitor that within 30 days of divided thoughts and ideas with other international visitors and committed professors about 20 and more modern American writers, visiting cultural interests sites in Louisville, and in 4 other favorite cities, San Francisco, Berkeley, Cincinnati, Washington, and a quick look at a patch of Indianapolis under excuse for dinner in the restaurant, before proceeding to this Muzychi on-the symbolic cruise. Ohio so reminiscent own research Huck Finn on the Mississippi with his black boyfriend Jim in Mark Twain's fiction.
Imagine how happy and expected I felt when my invitation was confirmed and started obsessed with efforts to prepare for the trip. I had to drive the car for the night in the neighboring Republic of Guinea, which, because it got rid of contention for the past eight years by the consular services in Sierra Leone. Five days later, intuition Fuly young friend, who accompanied me, we moved again, to avoid rapid national strike, an armed American passport.
Two weeks later I was then ruled by air in London on the way to the States. Astreus when our plane came down on the runway, I'm starting to open up a new world. I have used this day in Gatwick to travel by train and bus to Kampdena accompanied by another friend Rosemary saw a lot of interesting sights, which were known to me only through books.
The next day, a long flight on Delta landed at the airport expectant Cincinnati. Our documents were considered with great dispatch as more hands were available and free. If not complete orientation I received at the embassy, I would have been shocked by the scrutiny that I had to go, taking almost all, except apparel. But America has turned the face. Older people who have been in my country, would go to retire long before to actively engage in their safety and security during this period of terrorism. Young and old officials perform their duties carefully and tough at the same time being aware of their duty to be courteous and hospitable to visitors,
Thus, when I arrived at the Louisville airport, I grew up in an easy journey, moving escalators until you sent this bearded bulky man who in his right hand a band of the expected University of Louisville and portfolio. I was surprised at how quickly we got to know each other. We smiled when we locked up and cuddled. I knew he was Dr. Tom Byers, Director Summer Institute for the Study of America. I was immediately touched his simplicity and humility. We waited and got another delegate, which I immediately recognized that at home was driving, not having the slightest opinion in this case, we were both associated with the same event. Dr. Byers introduced us to each other. It was ANS with Togo. Dr. Byers then helped us to take your car. We drove past the buildings, which were in uniform symmetry and in accordance with good terasavanymi and manicured gardens, which were similar to the meadow that we should expect from the Garden of Eden. Dr. Byers kept showing us important buildings, as we passed, until he drove us to the newest hostel, Kurtz Hall, going to be our residence for the next six weeks. Smelled new. Surrounding manicured gardens are constantly watered nozzles crop of young smart boys in red shirts and black shorts, which are stunning hedges and the carpet with greens.
I was almost immediately struck by the harmony with which nature mingled with the architecture around campus. Useful building, similar to the brown-brick box with terasavanymi drawings roofs, in harmony with the park and green carpet surrounding each with adjacent parking lots secured with proteins that randomly tossing in the nest soothing beauty to cure or distract the mind.
Louisville University, supports State University, was a public institution, supported by the municipalities for decades prior to the entry into the university system in 1970. As a public university, the Kentucky General Assembly is mandated to become "greater metropolitan research university", which takes students from 118 of the 120 counties of Kentucky, of all 50 US states and 116 countries.
In accordance with its noble mission entrusted to them, and the University of Louisville are making rapid progress in various fields. Luisvilskaga University Center for Health Sciences, now with the & # 39 is one of the most innovative medical research centers in the United States, developed in 2006 the first 100 percent effective vaccine against cervical cancer, the first fully autonomous artificial heart transplant, the first successful hand transplant. and smear test ass. U L L is also credited with the first civilian ambulance, the nation's first accident services, which today is known as Ambulance (ER), and one of the first blood banks in the United States.
Since 1999, U of L has reached maximum growth at any university in the ranking of scientific research National Institutes of Health. Its NIH funding increased by 277 percent, and his approval rating rose by 30 places. For 2006 among US public universities melanoma clinic ranks third. Neurology research program fourth, and the program of studies of the spinal cord – 10th in funding NIG.
U of L is also known for its successful athletics program. Since 2000, the Cardinal with & # 39 are the only team NCAA, win the game in a BCS bowl, played in the finals chatyrohbor & # 39; I men's basketball, college world series of baseball, and won the national championship in athletics.
The university has three campuses:
-. Belknap campus area of 287 acres, three miles from Louisville center, which is located seven of the 11 colleges and university schools.
– Scientific and Practical Center of Health is in the medical complex in the center of Louisville, which houses the program, associated with the University of Health and the University of Louisville Hospital.
– Shelby Campus 243 acres, located in the east of Jefferson County, located in the National Institute for Crime Prevention and Resource Center in Information Technology.
Modesty, simplicity, conviviality and sense of humor seem qualities in abundance everywhere, both on campus and around the city of Louisville and its surroundings. It was always willing to help, if it wanted, as I have always been prone to do. if I was suddenly lost in a constantly winding network of roads and highways, designated multiple similar-looking guidance.
Transportation seems to be very efficient and reliable network of agreements which can always save you from any untidy situation. Just wait for the bus, tell about yourself and your destination, in addition, a set of brochures detail accommodates different routes, which will help you find your way. A lot of care for the elderly and disabled people is a lot of special facilities for them.
But the government needs to show more concern for the health of its citizens. The health of citizens of citizens is too delicate and important question that can be entrusted to private business. This is the greatest benefit and life assurance and motivation for greater work of the government, especially since the greatest land on earth can give its people who are working so hard to keep it great. The cost of medical care and food also requires serious & # 39; oznay attention. Access to higher education needs to be democratized to expose minorities and groups with lower income levels. The labor force must always receive due reward, so that they can live a decent and honest life, without waiting for a variety of tips that could be a subtle way to stimulate corruption.
But I welcome all efforts everywhere to document, exhibit and celebrate or mourn every significant achievement expressed or talent tragedy in the history of the nation. They are stored in a variety of museums, permanent and permanent exhibitions presented by one or the other, medaliyav statues, monuments and structures, to surprise, amuse and cultivate visitors. There is also a wonderful celebration of the two friendly entertainment in the entire industry. Horse racing and horse and carts are maintained as sports and tourism, to add to the weekly show of vintage cars in an amazing amount.
I also have to thank the broad demonstration of charity, which is endowed with many museums such as the Smithsonian, Churchill Downs. and countless foundations that motivate and reward hard work, creativity and variety of talents. It really is a very worthy principle to work hard, to leave the world better than you met him. No wonder this land so quickly grown so quickly, to the envy of those who can not make it. Last, but always remember to spread the spirit of humility, prypravanay greatness, remembering the rest of the world, which is largely endowed with the least need you to love, understanding and support.