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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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Renowned writer for Africa Day


Prof. Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
Photo: Daniel Anderson-UComm
8 May 2012

Profile of Professor Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o (pdf format)

To commemorate Africa Day on 25 May 2012, we will be hosting one of the continent’s most renowned writers, Professor Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o.

Prof. Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o will deliver an Africa Day Lecture titled, “The Blackness of Black: Africa in the World Today”.

Prof. Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, who was born in Kenya, is currently a Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine. He is the recipient of eight Honorary Doctorates and an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Famous works of Prof. Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o include A grain of wheat, Weep not child, The river between, Secret lives and Petals of blood.

Africa Day marks the founding of the Organisation of Africa Unity (OAU) in 1963. Although the OAU underwent a name change in July 2002 to become the African Union (AU), 25 May still commemorated to symbolise Africa’s independence from foreign political control and affirms Africa’s quest for durable peace and unity.

  • Date: 25 May 2012
  • Venue: Odeion
  • Time: 18:00

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