About my name: When I served in the Peace Corps, I was unofficially "adopted" during my training by a Gambian family assigned to me to practice language and get introduced into the culture. One of my adoptive family's duties was to assign a Gambian name to me, and they decided to name me after the family patriarch, Monee Dampha. I decided to keep and this name throughout my service, although many people, including my students, tended to just call me "Dampha." And there you have it.
A kacaadulaa (ka CHA doo la), by the way, is Mandinka for a "chatting place"...it could be something like a porch (or "bantabaa") or be more akin to a pub or cafe.
The basics about me: Born & raised in and around New Lenox, Illinois Lincoln-Way High School Class of 1985 University of Illinois (BA) 1985-1989 Peace Corps Volunteer in the Gambia 1989-1991 University of Wisconsin (MA) 1994-1996 Currently working for Wisconsin Forward Award in Madison, Wisconsin