Call for nominations for 2017 TB Davie Memorial lecture

23 March 2016

The Academic Freedom Committee has put out a call to UCT staff and students to submit nominations for the 2017 TB Davie Memorial Lecture.

This lecture, which is a significant event on the university’s annual calendar, is a chance to “affirm and clarify the values of academic freedom in our contemporary context, and to stimulate debate”.

The TB Davie Memorial Lecture was established by UCT students to commemorate the work of Thomas Benjamin Davie, vice-chancellor from 1948 to 1955 and a defender of the principles of academic freedom.

Previous speakers have included the likes of Noam Chomsky (1997), Kader Asmal (2002) and Max du Preez (2014).

Nominations should not exceed three pages and should include a CV of the nominated speaker and a motivation. These should be submitted via email to Denise Benjamin ( Nominations can also be posted to Room 141, Bremner Building, Lower Campus, UCT. The deadline is 1 April 2016.

Caption: Lighting the Torch of Academic Freedom at the 34th TB Davie Memorial Lecture in 1994, the year South Africans cast their votes in the first democratic elections

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