Meet the Professor

Peter Gallay is an adjunct professor in the Quinnipiac University Seminars Program. He teaches QU301: South Africa- From A Tourist to Township Perspective and QU301: The Global Community Through Cinema.

Gallay first became interested in South Africa during his initial visit in 1997. It was during this trip where he met Tamarin Simpson, founder of the Tippy Toes Foundation. Since then he has had the opportunity to visit South Africa on two other occasions. He is interested in looking at the lasting effects of racism socially and culturally in post-apartheid South Africa.

Gallay graduated from Quinnipiac University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Production and a Master’s Degree in Interactive Media. He also works as a Multimedia Producer at Quinnipiac University, focusing on producing audio, video, and multimedia content.

In January 2011 he released his latest documentary Valor From Darkness in collaboration with Quinnipiac University’s Information Services and The Albert Schweitzer Institute. Valor From Darkness explores the modern history of dictatorship, revolution, and reconciliation in one of the western hemisphere’s poorest countries, Nicaragua.

8 Comments on “Meet the Professor

  1. hi peter its mrs. poelker from the babylon elementary school i am in the computer lab with my second grade students and we are going to take a picture walk through your south african photos we hope to be able to blog with you.

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  3. Hello Peter,
    We like the cool and different sights that you have taken photos of, we have learned a lot about the places you have been. How long was the walk up to Table Mountain? How high up were you above sea level? Did you go to the top of the light house?Are the people of South Africa friendly? Do the peolple of South Africa speak a different language and do they understand English?
    Hope to hear from you soon,
    Mrs. Poelker’s second grade class at Babylon Elementary School

  4. Hi Peter,
    Was it scary, fun, or important to put a roof on the houses in the town you were in? The students want to know if planting the veggie garden was hard work and fun to do? Did you have the opportunity to go in the houses where you repaired the roof and how do those houses compare to ours?
    Where were you able to buy plants for planting in the veggie garden?
    How long did it take you to repair the roof and plant the veggie gardens?
    Love,
    Mrs. Poelker’s second grade class!

  5. Hi Mrs. Poelker’s Second Grade Class,
    The village where we worked had about 20-30 houses put together with scraps of wood and metal. There is only two houses that have electricity (so most people cannot watch tv or have lights on when it is dark at night) and there is only two faucets to get water (these are in the field so people need to walk outside and across the fields to get water). There are no bathrooms in the houses. People must use one of the three port-a-potties that are placed in the fields. It is sad to see because these people do not have some of the basic necessities that we take for granted.
    The community members invited us into their homes and it is amazing to see how basic the living conditions are. Some of the homes have dirt floors, but no matter how much money they have, they use the resources they have to make what they have their home. It is winter now in South Africa and it gets very cold- no heating and no electric blanket. Sometimes the families light a fire in the middle of their homes to get heat (which is very dangerous).

    It was very important that we try to fix the tin roofs because they have holes in them and when it rains the water flows onto them (where they sleep & where they eat).
    Planting the veggie garden was VERY hard work. The field where we set up the garden was uneven, had broken class, bricks, and barb wire all over the place. My students, along with the community, cleaned up all the trash and set up the garden with a variety of plants. Hopefully the community will be able to grow some food that they can eat in a few weeks.

    We bought all of our gardening and roofing supplies at a place called Builder’s Warehouse, which is very similar to Home Depot or Lowes. We also used recycle materials from the community (bricks and plastics) to make borders around the playground and a slide.

    In all, we built two veggie gardens (one each day we were there), a playground in one day, and did as much roof repair as possible in a day and a half.

    Thank you for following our class! Hopefully we can answer any other questions you may have.

    Peter

  6. hi Peter
    I wish to find out what is the possibility for your team to do some volunteering/projects in my area of Bokmakierie.
    I heard of the excellent work your team is doing in Varkplaas in the Southern suburbs of cape Town.

  7. Prof. Gallay, I am interested to know whether the ‘ebook’ I wrote for History in an Hour called “South Africa” proved to be of value to the group of students on QU 301. Kind regards – Anthony Holmes – Cape Town

  8. Hi Prof.Gallay,
    I have been in and out of SA since I was a kid. I am a former board member of the then Operation Hunger and ADISA under the tutelage of ambassador Walter Stadtler. I live in the Northern Cape Keimoes for the past 9 years. If you want a perspective on what it is like to be an American kid/teen/adult coming and going and living in SA feel free to contact me. I have seen it all and still experience the legacy of Apartheid every day. It might give an entirely different perspective to your students. Seeing and experiencing the Aparthied regime as well as the ANC from an American point of view is much different than that of a native South African. I tried to help you out last year via Crystal Planeta. Do to my location and my own current projects nothing really happened Tamirin contacdted me after you had all gone back to the USA.. If you are interested in assistance or a different perspective on the state of affairs here feel free to contact me. A great start is basic sanitation. Have a peek at my website overlook.co.za and my use of E/M effective microorganisms. This is the solution to the long drops and sewerage situation in your small community. You can also find me on fb Eric Husing. This will give you the links to the local SA and national news everyday.
    Best Regards,
    Eric Husing “The Overlook” daktarisafari@gmail.com is my private e-mail

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