Two upcoming lectures

07 August 2006

Steve Biko memorial lecture

The date for the Steve Biko Memorial Lecture has been changed to September 26. Bishop Desmond Tutu will be the guest speaker at the event. The lecture will begin at 18h00. Further details of the event will be released in the coming weeks.

TB Davie memorial lecture

The 42nd TB Davie memorial lecture will take place on Wednesday, August 16, from 12h30 to 13h45 in Leslie Social Science lecture theatre 2A. The lecture will be delivered by Professor Alan Charles Kors of the University of Pennsylvania in the US, who will speak on The Essential Relationship of Academic Freedom to Human Liberty. Kors specialises in European intellectual history of the 17th and 18th centuries, with a special teaching interest in the deep intellectual transformation of European thought and a special research interest in the relationships between orthodox and heterodox thought in France after 1650. He has won the Lindback Award and the Ira Abrams Memorial Award for distinguished college teaching, as well as several awards for the defence of academic freedom. The TB Davie Lecture was established by UCT students in 1959 to commemorate the work of Thomas Benjamin Davie, vice-chancellor of UCT from 1948 to the time of his death in 1955 and an ardent defender of academic freedom. As is fitting, the theme of the TB Davie Lecture is always related to academic freedom. Past speakers have included the late Edward Said, Walter Sisulu, Noam Chomsky, Wole Soyinka and Kader Asmal.

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