Campus Highlights

25 April 2006

Public lectures by young academics

Public lectures will be held by the five young academics who received UCT Fellows' Awards last year.

On Tuesday, May 9, Dr Natasha Distiller will talk on Material Culture: Shakespeare in South African Schools. The second speaker will be Assoc Prof Fiona Ross on Bearing Witness: Women and the TRC (topic tentative).

Wednesday, May 10, features Dr Tania Douglas, with a lecture titled Faces and Brains: Shapes of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. The second speaker will be Prof Bongani Mayosi, with a lecture titled Genetic Susceptibility to Cardiovascular Disease: Hype and Hope. The third speaker will be Dr Justin O'Riain on Inbreeding, Dispersive Morphs and Queens in a Mammal.

All lectures will take place between 13h00 and 14h00 in Zoology LT2. Each person will speak for about 15 minutes, with five minutes for questions. The call for nominations for the 2006 awards will be announced at around the same time as these lectures.

Science demos on Plaza

Active Science, a UCT society, will hold special demonstrations on the Jammie Plaza on Wednesday, April 26, during meridian. The idea is to attract more members to their group and highlight some of their activities. Professors from physics, chemistry and engineering will be strutting their stuff, so go along and see what they have planned.

2006 UCT Open Day

The 2006 UCT Open Day will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2006 from 10h00 until 15h00.

All faculties will be presenting their undergraduate programmes to learners, their parents and teachers.

The event will feature a range of attractions, such as displays by all of the faculties and their respective departments; lectures by academic members of staff; financial assistance information; personal interaction with current students and academics; library tours and exposure to some of the facilities on campus; and sports facilities available to students.

In the Continuum to play at the Baxter

The play In the Continuum will be on in the Sanlam Studio at the Baxter from May 3 to 5.

Written and performed by Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter and with direction by Robert O'Hara, the play dramatises the devastating problem of AIDS among African and African-American women.

Living worlds apart in Los Angeles and Harare, Zimbabwe, two young women experience a kaleidoscopic weekend of darkly comic life-changing revelations.

With the two playwright/actors playing dozens of roles, the play captivates the audience in its story of parallel denials and self-discoveries.

The New York Times has described it as "moving, smart, spirited and powerfully funny".

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