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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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Memorializing Mandela after 'Rhodes must fall'
2015-08-24

Prof Grant Parker, Associate Professor of Classics and Co-Director of the Centre for African Studies at Stanford University, USA, will present a public lecture on the Bloemfontein Campus. His lecture will explore the topic of ‘Memorializing Mandela after Rhodes Must Fall’.

Details of the event:
Date: Thursday 27 August 2015
Time: 12:00 – 13:00
Place: Albert Wessels Auditorium, Bloemfontein Campus
RSVP: Joan.nel@ufs.ac.za on or before Wednesday 26 August 2015

The late President Nelson Mandela has been the subject of many public monuments, in South Africa and beyond. This talk offers an overview and critique of the Mandela statues. What chance do they have of effective memorialization, especially in light of the recent controversy over colonial and apartheid-era statues? Detailed consideration of some of the Mandela statues may show the way for public histories of the former president.

The event is hosted by Vice-Chancellor and Rector of the University of the Free State, Prof Jonathan Jansen.

 

 

 

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