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18 April 2019 | Story Rulanzen Martin

The Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice IRSJ) has initiated a Social Justice Week at the University of the Free State (UFS), which started on Friday 12 April  until Wednesday 17 April 2019. 

Ten key events took place during the week. It ranged from dialogues, workshops, talk shows, debates, and interactive displays and events on issues of multilingualism and diversity, social innovation, engaged scholarship, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, gender sensitisation, sexual consent, sexual preparedness, universal access, disability, anti-discrimination, and security.

There was also a round-table discussion on 17 April 2019 with various UFS stakeholders on off-campus student security as well as an inter-institutional discussion on the same topic. The UFS Debating Society will take on the topic of the UFS Language Policy, while Olga Barends from the Free State Centre for Human Rights will host a dialogue on sexual consent.

The IRSJ has also designed and implemented SOJO-VATION: Social Innovation/ Social Change, which strives to create a foundational platform where ideas of social justice, innovation, and engaged scholarship at the UFS and in society can be hosted. SOJO-VATION partners with the Office for Student Leadership, Development, and Community Engagement.

The collaborating partners for the Social Justice Week includes various UFS stakeholders such as the Sasol library, the Gender and Sexual Equity Office, UFS Protection Services, the Free State Centre for Human Rights, the Student Representative Council (SRC), the Office for Student Leadership Development, Kovsie Innovation, GALA, the FFree State Centre for Human Rights, SRC Associations, the Office for Student Governance, Kovsie Innovate, Start-Up-Grind, EVC, EBL, Community Engagement, the Institutional Transformation Plan (ITP) Dialogues Office, Residence Dialogues, UFS Debating Society, Debate Afrika!, the Center for Universal Access and Disability Support (CUADS), and the Gateway Office. 

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Drama department presents shows to promote literature
2009-03-09

 

The Department of Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of the Free State is presenting two stage plays based on prescribed works in an effort to make literature more accessible to senior school learners. Reza de Wet’s Mis, prescribed for Grade 12 learners, was presented from 2 to 6 March 2009 in the Wynand Mouton Theatre. More than 18 school groups attended the performances during the morning and the afternoon, while the evening shows were scheduled for the general public. Michelle Luwes, former drama student and local teacher, directed the play. The production will tour to Klerksdorp, and negotiations for performances in Potchefstroom are under way. Another stage play based on Die Potlooddief en die Engel by A.S. van Staden, prescribed for Grade 11 learners, will be presented from 18 to 20 March 2009 in the Scaena. Pieter Venter, a researcher on youth theatre and lecturer at the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts, directed the production. Pictured are some of the learners who watched Mis.
Photo: Emmie van Wyk

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