• May

  • 23

    Second Translanguaging Seminar
    “Translanguaging in Higher Education: Insights, Challenges, and Opportunities”

    RSVP here 

    Click here for the programme and to read more about the speakers.

  • 13

    Annual Eco-Vehicle Race

    Come support our students' skills and endurance at the annual Eco-Vehicle Race presented by Kovsie ACT!

    Click here to contact Jady Carelse for more information.


  • 22

    Africa Month book launch
    Africa Month book launch

    The UFS Library and the Centre for Gender and Africa Studies will facilitate the launch of the book titled Decolonizing the Mind: A guide to decolonial theory and practice by Sandew Hira.

    Hira is the Secretary of the Decolonial International Network. His book makes an effort to provide a thorough, cohesive, and integrative theoretical framework that incorporates many contributions from the decolonial movement's resurgent and insurgent movements. Hire plans to use the book launch as a platform to issue a call for a new global civilisation built on the decolonisation of the mind. 

    #UFSAfricaMonth | #AfricaMonth | #AfricaDay2023
  • 24

    Federation of African Law Students dialogue
    Invitation: Federation of African Law Students dialogue

    The Federation of African Law Students UFS Chapter will host a panel discussion based on the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill. The student association stands against this bill and firmly believes that it is unprogressive for society and unfairly discriminates against the LGBTQ+ community. The objective of this event is to promote good governance, respect for human rights, peace, and justice in Africa. It is also an opportunity to show solidarity with our LGBTQ+ community across the continent who may be affected by the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

    Speakers will share their bill views and opinions on homophobia, and attendees will be given the opportunity to engage with panellists. The panellists will include Prof John Mubangizi (former Dean of the Faculty of Law and current Research Professor in the Free State Centre for Human Rights); Prof Mikateko Mathebula (Associate Professor: Centre for Development Support); Khanya Motshabi (Senior Lecturer: Advanced Human Rights); and Akhona Komeni (Peer Mentor Supervisor: Free State Rainbow Seeds).

    #UFSAfricaMonth | #AfricaMonth | #AfricaDay2023
  • 30

    The Humanities and Sustainable Development in Global Africa Seminar


    In line with the University of the Free State’s Vision130, which entails academic excellence, quality, maximation of societal impact with sustainable relationships across the global spectrum, and promotion of a diverse, inclusive, and equitable institution, this presentation construes humanities, broadly speaking, as those academic disciplines that study human culture, society, modes of being within interactive spaces of peace, war, and the ethos and pathos of relationships, etc., using methods that are primarily critical, or speculative, and have a significant historical element, in contradistinction to the empirical approaches of the “natural” sciences.

    Speaker: Prof John Ayotunde(Tunde) Isola Bewaji (University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica)

    Click here to join the discussion. 

  • 24

    Africa Day Memorial Lecture


    The highlight of the celebrations will be the Africa Day Memorial Lecture, hosted by the university's Centre for Gender and Africa Studies. The speaker is Prof Motlatsi Thabane, formerly of the National University of Lesotho.

    The title of his presentation is Friendship in the Search for Justice in Mohokare Valley in the Nineteenth Century. The departure point of Prof Thabane’s lecture is the early 19th century. He demonstrates that a community of white settlers fleeing British rule in the Cape Colony was added to African communities living in the Mohokare Valley at the beginning of the 1830s. As a result, complex relations developed between African and white settler communities in the Mohokare valley.

    #UFSAfricaMonth | #AfricaMonth | #AfricaDay2023
  • 25

    ‘Honouring Africa Day’ Child and Youth Care Centre Outreach


    On 25 May 2023, the Faculty of Theology and Religion will pay a visit to the Heidedal Child and Youth Care Centre in honour of Africa Day. RSVPs for the outreach can be sent to theologyevents@ufs.ac.za. 

  • 25

    Panel discussion and Cultural exhibition


    The Faculty of Law will host a two-tier Africa Day event. The first part is a round-table dialogue on ‘Advancing Justice with a View of the Future: The 2063 Agenda for Sustainable Development’. The dialogue aims to a discuss Agenda 2063 ‘The Africa We Want’ through the lens of seven aspirational themes. The second part is a cultural exhibition titled Appreciating Knowledge through Culture

    Part 1
    Date: 25 May 2023
    Time: 14:00-15:00

    Venue: Faculty of Law Staff Room, Bloemfontein Campus

    Part 2
    Date: 25 May 2023
    Time: 16:00-18:00
    Venue: Equitas Foyer, Bloemfontein Campus
    #UFSAfricaMonth | #AfricaMonth | #AfricaDay2023
  • 26

    Africa Month Dialogue


    The Africa Month Dialogue, facilitated by the Office for International Affairs, will carry the same theme as the Memorial Lecture, namely, ‘Promoting and appreciating knowledge in and from Africa’. 

    We will discuss the significance and value of African indigenous knowledge, the importance of being creators and co-creators of knowledge in and from Africa, and the significance of African knowledge on the global stage, with UFS Rector and Vice-Chancellor, Prof Francis Petersen, and international partners.

    RSVP link: https://events.ufs.ac.za/e/africaday2023 

    #UFSAfricaMonth | #AfricaMonth | #AfricaDay2023
  • 27

    Africa Day Cultural Celebration


    A cultural festival honouring Africa Month will be held by the Division of Student Affairs on the Qwaqwa Campus. This celebration will feature music, poetry, and dance from different parts of Africa. The initiative is a collaborative effort between the Arts, Culture and Dialogue Office, Student Life, Housing and Residence Affairs, as well at the Student Representative Council.

    #UFSAfricaMonth | #AfricaMonth | #AfricaDay2023
  • July

  • 17

    Second semester starts

    Registration for the following also commences until 21 July 2023:

    * 8-credit Modules start
    *16-credit Modules start

  • 19

    Book launch: Nna ke monna by Dr Jerry Mofokeng wa Makhetha

    The UFS Library Information Services African Languages Press & Academy for Multilingualism invites you to the book launch of Dr Jerry Mofokeng wa Makhetha titled “Ke Monna”. This book is for men and the women who raise boys into manhood. It is a book for both the ‘Wounded Tigers’ and the ‘Self-Actualized’ men. We are challenged to raise MEN and not BIG BOYS. More content has been refined and contextualized in this version of the book for those who can appreciate this story from a Sesotho idiom and storytelling.

    Dr Jerry Mofokeng wa Makhetha is an iconic and award-winning South African actor who has appeared in several critically acclaimed films, including Cry the Beloved County; Lord of War; Mandela and de Klerk; and the 2002 Academy Award-winning film Tsotsi.  Dr Mofokeng studied at Wits Drama School where he initially took his major in acting then later went to study at Columbia University in America where he obtained his master’s degree in Theatre Directing.

    Dr Mofokeng is also a recipient of an honorary doctorate at the University of the Free State.

    WATCH: https://ufsweb.co/3D5GlHW

    As a wise elder, we could all benefit from his memoir.



    For more information, please contact Nthabiseng Jafta

    RSVP to: AfricanLanPress@ufs.ac.za


  • 25

    The Suit Theatre production

    A theatre production produced in partnership with the University of the Free State Department of Drama and Theatre Arts and the Unit for Institutional Change and Social Justice.

    Through the adaptation of the short novel into a theatre piece, the institution calls on its communities to address and prevent such violence by promoting healthy relationships, challenging traditional gender roles, and fostering open dialogue.

    Date: 25 July

    Time: 14:30

    Venue: Madiba Hall

    Cost: Free

    For more information, click here


    RSVP: UICSJ@ufs.ac.za
  • October

  • 11

    Bram Fischer Memorial Lecture
    The University of the Free State is pleased to present the second Bram Fischer Memorial Lecture, which will be presented by award-winning biographer and professor of English literature, Stephen Clingman. Well-known author and advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi will respond.

    The lecture, titled Bram Fischer, Or What Happens When the World Becomes Inhospitable, will consider the continuing importance of Bram Fischer in a South African and global context.

    RSVP by 6 October 2023.

    Bram Fischer memorial lecture

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