The day is finally here! The students arrive from the US today and the program is officially launched. Well I suppose it launched when they gathered in Mason Hall on the JHU campus yesterday, but being the one waiting for them here in South Africa, today seems more significant. I arrived in Johannesburg a few hours ahead of time to meet our guides, Thapz and Hillano, face to face. Having made our arrangements via email, it was wonderful to be able to talk to them about our program, and about their backgrounds and what brought them to this role. Both studied at UCT, it turns out, Thapz in Chemistry, and Hillano in business/marketing. Thapz is now based in Durban where he is doing research for his Masters, and Hillano lives in Cape Town where he does some consulting. Hillano told me he has seen a few episodes of “The Wire” but did not know it was about Baltimore!