Boulder conference inspires CU grad to make film in Kenya
Boulder conference inspires CU grad to make film in Kenya

BOULDER, Colo. –

University of Colorado graduate Will O’Donnell ventured to Kenya to produce a film after a chance conversation he had with a panelist at last year’s Conference on World Affairs.

Hundreds of ideas get bounced about every year at CWA panels, and guests and panelists often report that they leave the week-long event inspired. For O’Donnell, his inspiration quickly turned to action, and his involvement with the conference led to a film that traced the impact of education on the Kenyan poor. He spent the past four months making the film.

O’Donnell, a political science student who graduated with high honors from CU last year, was a student-volunteer at CWA. Inspired by a panel, he approached one of the speakers, Karambu Ringera, the founder and head of International Peace Initiatives. The small nonprofit provides support for education in Kenya.

“I wanted experience in developing countries and I told her so,” O’Donnell said. “I asked simply, ‘Is there anything I can do for your organization?'”

O’Donnell met later that afternoon with Ringera, who ended up inviting him to stay at her home in Kenya and work on the film.

Conference on World Affairs (CWA)

Conference on World Affairs

The 61st annual Conference on World Affairs runs Monday through Friday on the University of Colorado campus.

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Rock on, Will!

3/29/2009 8:38:29 PM