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Gase Kediseng

Assistant Curator

Khama III Memorial Museum

Project Director

Gasenone Kediseng is the Associate Curator of Khama III Memorial Museum. She is involved in many aspects of running the Museum, and her position is central to the growth of the Museum.

Most recent successful projects that she was involved in includes coordinating a digitization of the Bessie Head and Khama family papers funded by the United States Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation. She was also integral to a ‘Thatching project’ meant to revive, preserve and promote the art of thatching. This project will help create employment for the participants as well as afford people in the area decent and affordable housing.

She holds a Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Botswana, a Diploma in Office Management and Administration from the College of Professional Management, and a Diploma in Public Relations from Damelin, South Africa.

As part of her professional development, she has attended the following short courses:

  • Communication Workshop, Sweden, 2006

  • Project Management/ Logical Framework Analysis Workshop, Barbados, April 2005

  • Team building and Conflict resolutions Networking methods, report writing, evaluation, Azerbaijan, August  2005.

Ms. Kediseng is a compassionate and driven individual who volunteers her time to empower her community in many ways like working with schools in the ‘Adopt a School’ an initiative by the Ministry of Education.

Sue Houchins, Phd

Associate Professor

Bates University

Maine, USA

Co-Director of Project

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Sue E. Houchins is an Associate Professor in the African American, American Cultural, and Women and Gender Studies Programs at Bates College in Maine, USA.

 

A significant portion of her doctoral dissertation analyzed the novels of Bessie Head as did some of her articles produced during her appointments as a researcher and teacher in the Women’s Studies in Religion Program at the Harvard Divinity School and also as a Chancellor’s Fellow in the Rhetoric Department at the University of California, Berkeley.

 

Currently she is the co-chair of the international Bessie Head Society and was one of the co-directors of the preservation, conservation and digitization archival project for the Khama Family-Bessie Head Papers at the Khama III Museum in Serowe, Botswana. 

 

She is also investigating the literary and social relationships among a loosely affiliated group of African American and Caribbean women writers who corresponded with Head.  Her studies are taking her to several special collections that house some of her letters and manuscripts: e.g., the Howard Gottlieb Archival Research Center, Boston, Massachusetts; the Harry Ransom Center, Austin, Texas, and the Rose Collection, Atlanta, Georgia.

Mary S. Lederer, Phd

 

Bessie Head Scholar

Co-Director of Project

Mary S. Lederer completed her Ph.D. in 1996 at UCLA. She wrote her dissertation on Bessie

Head.

 

She has taught at UCLA, the University of Southern California, and the University of

Botswana.

 

She is the author of Novels of Botswana, 1930–2006 and the co-editor of two anthologies of writing about Bessie Head.

 

She lives in Gaborone, Botswana

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