This is the place it all began: the birthplace of the first Congress of the RSDLP (Russian Social Democratic Labour Party), in Minsk in 1898, where Lenin convened the meeting of several groups to join forces for the sake of the socialist vision. However well meaning these early party members were, the disaster that cast a pall over a large swath of humanity for most of the twentieth century still lingers, with human and cultural costs that will accumulate for decades to come. Most of our travel and teaching this year will be in countries that have been indelibly marred by the movement that began in this house in Minsk.
Tiwa and Kemi with Lisa at the camp with student leaders in Belarus. Nine Nigerian students joined in the leadership conference there. Because they spoke English (and Russian), the Nigerians were some of the students we got to know the best.
Rich and Lisa Lamb