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22 August 2018
Prof Coetzee is retelling old stories in a new book
"Failing to Learn Doomed to repeat" was one of the bookworks on display.

The title of Prof Jan K Coetzee’s latest book, Books & Bones & Other Things, says it all. The book looks into the many aspects that have built our society by presenting in a new way the stories contained in old books collected over the years. 

Prof Coetzee is a Senior Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of the Free State (UFS). Books & Bones & Other Things was launched on 14 August 2018 and coincided with an exhibition of various “bookworks”   art installations by Prof Coetzee that feature old books, sculptures, artefacts, and fossils.
 
Book resulting from research programme 
   

“This is a book on books so the library is the perfect venue to launch a book on old texts as documents of life,” said Prof Coetzee.

For the past seven years he has been directing a Master’s and PhD programme in Sociology called The Narrative Study of Lives. His project, Documents of Life, from which this book came, focuses on a collection of old texts the oldest of which dates back to 1605.

“We live in storytelling societies and for as long as we can remember we have been telling stories. Over time the ability to produce books was born. Any collection of books can tell you a lot about your own life and the society you live in."

“I cannot read the stories of many of these old books because their narratives are closed. I have to re-narrate the books, change the narrative convention and present them in a way that makes sense to me. By combining the books with art and artefacts I want the books to tell their ancient stories in new ways.”

Book launches and intellectual discussions

At the book launch, Prof Corli Witthuhn, Vice-Rector: Research said: “What we have achieved with this launch and exhibition is unbelievable. We always try to create an intellectual space in the library.

“A book such as this is the pinnacle of an academic career. It is multidisciplinary and it looks at the world in a different way. That is what scholarship is about.”

A painting by Robert Hodgins was also handed over to the Johannes Stegmann Gallery, home of the corporate collection of the UFS, at the event. 

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Odeion: Brahms song cycle
2006-10-10

 

Brad Liebl (baritone) with Hanna van Niekerk (narrator) and Albie van Schalkwyk (piano)

Sunday, 22 October
Odeion
20:00

Dr. Brad Liebl was awarded a Doctorate in Musical Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and has for more than 10 years been Associate Professor of Classical Voice and the co-coordinator of that division at UCT.   He has become well-known throughout South Africa as an interpreter of operatic leading roles, art songs and oratorios.  In Germany he has sung operettas and Lieder and in the USA he continues to feature as a principal performer in oratorios and operas.  During the previous two years Liebl sang the male leads in the world premières of two new operas: The Lost Dauphin and Amarantha.   His new CD’s include the recording of the latter and songs by Rajna, Hely-Hutchinson and Chisholm.  In 2003 Liebl received one of only four Distinguished Teacher Awards from the University of Cape Town. 

Liebl will be accompanied by the pianist Albie van Schalkwyk, while the story of the beautiful Magelone will be narrated by Hanna van Niekerk.

Programme
Die schöne Magelone (Brahms)

Admission
R60 (adults)
R40 (pensioners)
R40 (students and learners)

Bookings
Ninette Pretorius at the Department of Music, tel. 051 401 2504.  
Tickets are also available at Izami Florist in Baysvillage and Fascination Books in Mimosa Mall.

 

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