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26 September 2023 | Story Supplied

The University of the Free State is pleased to present the second Bram Fischer Memorial Lecture, which will be delivered by award-winning biographer and professor of English literature, Stephen Clingman. Well-known author and advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi will respond. 

The lecture, titled Bram Fischer, Or What Happens When the World Becomes Inhospitable, will consider the continuing importance of Bram Fischer in a South African and global context. Bram Fischer was born in Bloemfontein in 1908 into one of the most prominent of Afrikaner families. While never surrendering his Afrikaner identity, he also transformed it by identifying with the struggle for liberation of all South Africa’s peoples. Sentenced to life imprisonment, he faced an inhospitable world, yet his commitment was to make the world more hospitable to all. 

Date: Wednesday 11 October 2023
Time: 18:00 to 21:00
Venue: Equitas Auditorium, Bloemfontein Campus, UFS

RSVP here to attend this lecture by 6 October 2023.

For further information, contact Alicia Pienaar at

The Speaker

Stephen Clingman is Distinguished University Professor of English and former Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has held several fellowships internationally and written widely on a range of topics. His books include The Novels of Nadine Gordimer: History from the Inside, The Grammar of Identity: Transnational Fiction and the Nature of the Boundary, Birthmark (a memoir/autofiction), and William Kentridge (the catalogue of Kentridge’s exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, 2022). His biography, Bram Fischer: Afrikaner Revolutionary, was co-winner of the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award, South Africa’s premier prize for non-fiction.

The Respondent

Tembeka Ngcukaitobi is a South African lawyer, public speaker, author, and political activist. He is a member of the South African Law Reform Commission. Ngcukaitobi has authored the books The Land Is Ours: South Africa's First Black Lawyers and the birth of Constitutionalism and Land Matters: South Africa's failed land reforms and the road ahead.

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Institute hosts National Action Plan Discussions


Attending the discussions were from left: Prof Andre Keet, Ms Yasmin Sooka, Dr Willy Nel, Ms Gugu Ncongwana, Director: Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, Ms Danaline Franzman, Chief Director: Social Justice and Participatory Democracy in the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development and Andile Mngxitama, columnist and political commentator.
Photo: Sibusiso Tshabalala
12 March 2013

The Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice, together with the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development and the Foundation for Human Rights, hosted a workshop-style discussion with university and community role players on the National Action Plan (NAP) to Combat Racism, Xenophobia and related intolerances. As an obligation under the United Nations Declaration at the World Conference on Racism, Xenophobia and related intolerances held in Durban, 2001, the NAP was presented by Yasmin Sooka (Executive Director of the Foundation for Human Rights). Dr Willy Nel, from the Faculty of Education, was the respondent and Prof Andre Keet, Director of the Institute, facilitated the workshop.

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