The Fulbright Visiting Specialists Program: Direct Access to the Muslim World grant provided funding to bring Tanzanian scholar, Dr. Issa Ziddy, to Northwest College for a month in the Spring 2009 semester. While here, Dr. Ziddy served as a guest lecturer at the College, presenting and participating in community events, and sharing in interfaith dialogues. Click here for a NWC news desk article.
As one collegue said of him, " Dr. Ziddy is a warm person who touched many lives. In spite of the cultural and religious differences, he became a part of our campus life. He presented numerous programs, interacted with students while eating in the cafeteria or walking around campus, attended a host of events, and got to know faculty, staff, and administrators. “Ziddy” is a good model of openness and humanity. He saw and heard things that might never take place in his culture, but he was not critical of “our ways”. It was enlightening to learn not only about his culture, but about our own through his eyes and experiences."
Dr. Ziddy is currently the director of the Institute of Kiswahili and Foreign Languages at the State University of Zanzibar.