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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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UFS appoints Extraordinary Professor in Patristics
2010-05-26

Prof. Erik De Boer
The University of the Free State (UFS) has appointed Prof. Erik De Boer as Extraordinary Professor in Patristics (the study of the early church and the church fathers, as well as their writings and theology).

Prof. De Boer will work in collaboration with Prof. Dolf Britz, Head of the Division: Programme Design and Director of the Jonathan Edwards Centre in the Institute for Classical en Reformatory Studies at the UFS. The objective of the institute is to train young ministers of religion and researchers in Africa in the field of Patristics. The university also has partners in Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia.

According to Prof. De Boer, this discipline is regarded of great importance for the development of theology in Southern Africa.

Currently he is, amongst others, a lecturer in Classical Languages at the Theological University of Kampen and Extraordinary Professor in Reformation History at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.

He will deliver his inaugural lecture in August 2010 at the UFS.

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