Professor of French Joseph Mwantuali recently taught two courses at Institut Supérieur Pédagogique de la Gombe (ISP-Gombe) in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This was the second year he was invited to teach there.
Mwantuali taught a survey on Francophone African Literature for first-year students and a Special Topic course on Congolese Literatures for seniors in the master of arts program. The crash courses, 45 hours each, were taught in a little less than a month.
While he was at IPS-Gombe, one of Mwantuali’s students successfully defended his M.A. thesis. Mwantuali is currently directing a senior lecturer at the school who is writing a Ph.D. dissertation on Leopold Sedar Senghor.
Mwantuali said he looks forward to going back to ISP-Gombe next year, noting that there is a serious need for help there. “But the exchanges that I have with my Congolese students and colleagues is always very beneficial to me as well,” he added.