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South Africa - Past, Present, and a Look Forward (series)
This series will provide an overview of the history of South Africa, the transition out of apartheid, the country’s educational and political systems, the South African expression of arts/culture, and the role of South African youth in creating the path forward. OLLI-UM offers five OLLI Thursday Morning Lecture Series each year as well as a Summer Lecture Series. Each series offers six lectures on a unifying theme and a variety of speakers who cover specific aspects of the theme. Learning continues in an active question-and-answer period following each lecture. Most presentations are from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., Thursdays at the Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College. The Summer Lecture Series consists of three lectures held in June. This event includes all six lectures in the Thursday Morning Lecture Series titled: South Africa. These six lectures are also included in the All Lectures Package (10 Distinguished Lecture Series lectures + 30 Thursday Morning Lecture Series lectures + 3 Summer Lecture Series lectures). The Thursday Morning Lecture Series lectures may also be purchased by each individual series as well as by purchasing all Thursday Morning Lecture Series as an annual package. The speakers for the six South Africa series lectures are: ------------------------------------------------------- September 12, 2019 – Early History of South Africa, c. 900-1930 **9:30am start time** Speaker: Raevin Jimenez, Ph.D., LSA Collegiate Fellow Speaker’s Synopsis: During the millennium preceding European colonialism, South Africans forged societies characterized by dispersed political networks, long-distance commerce, extensive regional interactions, and overlapping flows of people, ideas, and materials. By the 18th century, their political economies and political beliefs yielded powerful kingdoms. Colonial political mythology rests on the notion that early Europeans ‘set up a country bare’ and devoid of civilization. The early history of South Africa reveals a far more complex past. Dr. Jimenez is an LSA Collegiate Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Michigan. She received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 2017. Her research uses comparative historical linguistics to recover the undocumented past. She is interested in the ways southern African speech communities crafted political beliefs and practices over several centuries, how these beliefs shaped gendered and generational social relations, and the ways enduring ideas shaped the rise of centralized kingdoms. ------------------------------------------------------- September 19, 2019 - Is Democracy Alive and Well in South Africa? Evaluating the results of the 2019 National Elections Speaker: Professor Anne Pitcher Speaker’s Synopsis: This presentation evaluates the state of democracy in South Africa over the last 25 years. How respected and stable are democratic institutions following the historic elections of 1994? Has the African National Congress, the ruling party, successfully addressed the harmful legacy of apartheid? Has the government realized the ideals of the country’s first, democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela, to eradicate poverty and promote dignity? We focus on the 2019 National Elections to answer these questions. Anne Pitcher is a Professor in the Departments of Political Science and Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan. Her current research examines party politics, urban political economy, and state-business relations in Africa. She has conducted fieldwork, survey and archival research in Angola, Mozambique, Kenya, Zambia, and South Africa. She has published several books and dozens of articles in scholarly journals. She formerly served as President of the African Studies Association. ------------------------------------------------------- September 26, 2019 - De Facto and De Jure Apartheid: On the Moral, Politcal and Policy Failures of the Post-Apartheid State: A Call for an Official State Apology for Apartheid in South Africa Speaker: Yazier Henry, Lecturer in Public Policy at The Ford School Speaker’s Synopsis: Legal Apartheid was politically, legally and procedurally dismantled after a protracted antiapartheid struggle in South Africa in 1994. South Africa’s first racially inclusive election on April 26, 1994 literally and symbolically marked this legal ending, after four years of tense and at times violent negotiations between the leaders of Apartheid South Africa and those of the antiapartheid movements. However, 25 years after this hopeful and euphoric historical moment the dead are still being counted, the transmutation of formal apartheid into social and economic apartheid is all but complete and the legacy of Apartheid’s crimes endure – threatening the very dream of Nelson Mandela’s vision for a nonracial, nonsexist, equal and just political system in South Africa. This talk will critically engage the political, legal and moral failures of state responsibilities to international humanitarian and human rights law and the state’s political, legal and moral management of the freedom moment. Yazier Henry teaches at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He is a public intellectual, strategist, conflict management expert, teacher, facilitator, scholar, professional human rights advocate, and poet. He has written and published on the political economy of social voice, historical memory work, political trauma and social integration, identity and race, peace processes, Truth Commissions, human rights, and international transitional justice. His research and writing priorities focus on the interrelationship and intersections of structural, systemic, institutional, and administrative violence. He is particularly interested in the politics and economics of human rights and the social violence of the law. His current work is on how state violence becomes systemically structured and institutionalized during political transitions in the global south. ------------------------------------------------------- October 3, 2019 - Education Inequality and Income Inequality in South Africa since the End of Apartheid Speaker: Professor David Lam, Director, Institute for Social Research, and Professor of Economics, University of Michigan Speaker’s Synopsis: When apartheid ended in 1994, South Africa had one of the highest levels of income inequality in the world. Inequality in education was both a cause and a consequence of high income inequality. After 25 years there has been little change in income inequality, in spite of improvements in levels of education and education inequality. This presentation analyzes trends in education inequality and income inequality and examines how they interact in South Africa’s highly unequal society. David Lam is Director of the Institute for Social Research and Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan. He received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He is Honorary Professor of Economics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, where he has done collaborative research since 1996. His research in South Africa analyzes links between education, labor markets, and income inequality. ------------------------------------------------------- October 10, 2019- South African Performing Arts in the New Democracy Speaker: Dr. Anita Gonzalez, Professor of Theatre and Drama Speaker’s Synopsis: Learn about South African music, theatre, and dance in the new millennium. A generation of young artists bring distinctive voices to a newly integrated society. Organizations like the Market Theatre, Cape Town Opera, and the National Arts Festival present works which express the hopes, visions, and challenges of a new democracy. Professor Anita Gonzalez from the School of Music, Theatre and Dance presents images and shares stories from her recent research in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Mahkanda. Anita Gonzalez (Ph.D.) is Professor of Theatre and Drama at University of Michigan. Her research and publication interests are in global theatre and ethnic studies. She also directs and writes for the theatre. Gonzalez has authored two books: Afro-Mexico: Dancing Between Myth and Reality (2010) and Jarocho’s Soul (2005) that reveal the influence of African people and their cultural productions on Mexico. She also coedited the volume Black Performance Theory (Duke University Press 2013). ------------------------------------------------------- October 17, 2019- Innovative Disruption – A Youth Dialogue on Reforming Exclusionary Systems in South Africa Speakers: Gigi Ngcobo, MSU Senior, Finance and UX Design & Nomzamo Ntombela, MSU Ph.D. Candidate, African History Speakers' Synopsis: South Africa’s history of Apartheid has resulted in its youth inheriting the task of innovatively transforming exclusionary systems and dismantling generational cycles of struggle to move all South African’s towards a better future. This talk will explore how supporting the adoption of technology, entrepreneurship, and using venture capital can accelerate equality, thus, increasing financial capital while fostering a business ecosystem that includes informal entrepreneurs, scales local businesses, and develops much needed technical skills. Gigi Ngcobo is a South African senior studying Finance and UX Design at MSU. She is enthralled by emerging technology and growing African businesses, as such she is the Marketing Director of Spartan Blockchain, spent her summer as an Analyst at Invest Detroit Ventures and planned the MSU’s inaugural African Business Lecture. Nomzamo Ntombela is a South African Ph.D. student at MSU. She completed her undergraduate studies and BA (Hons) at the University of Stellenbosch in Cultural Anthropology where she served in various leadership positions, historically becoming the first black woman to occupy the Stellenbosch Student Council Chairperson position in the 100-year tenure of Stellenbosch. The six Thursday Morning Lecture Series for 2019-2020 are: * South Africa: Past, Present, and a Look Forward, September 12 - October 17, 2019 **Note, the September 12 lecture begins at 9:30 a.m. * Voting in America: Perennial Issues, Current Developments, October 31 - December 12, 2019 **Note, there is no lecture on November 22 * The Impact of Social Media on Society, January 9 - February 13, 2020 * The Power of Art, February 20 - April 2, 2020 **Note, there is no lecture on March 5 **Note, the April 2 lecture begins at 9:30 a.m. * Money, Trade, and Power – What Makes the World Go ‘Round, April 16 - May 21, 2020 **Note, the May 21 lecture begins at 9:30 a.m. The Summer Lecture Series includes three lectures to be held on: • June 11, 2020 • June 18, 2020 • June 25, 2020
Event Type : Thursday Morning Lecture Series      
Date(s) : 09/12/2019 - 10/17/2019
Day of Week : Thursday
Time : 10:00-11:30am, 9:30 to 11 a.m. on 9/12
Location : Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, Towsley Auditorium
Address : 4800 E. Huron River Drive,
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Fee : $35.00
Event Status : COMPLETED