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‘Freedom requires suffering and resoluteness’
TB Davie Memorial Lecture presenter Dr Steven Salaita argued that academic freedom allows the investigating of things that might upset others – without fear of retaliation.
08 Aug 2019
Fighting the power in hip hop and scholarship
While they may seem worlds apart, music and scholarship face the same challenges, UCTʼs Professor Adam Haupt said during his recent Vice-Chancellorʼs Inaugural Lecture.
05 Aug 2019
UCT’s annual Steve Lawn Memorial Lecture
National Health Minster Dr Aaron Motsoaledi delivered the annual Steve Lawn Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, 02 April, at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Institute of Infectious Disease & Molecular Medicine (IDM).
18 Apr 2019
Growing Africa’s genetic ‘library of life’
Professor Ambroise Wonkam delivered the first Vice-Chancellorʼs Inaugural Lecture for 2019 this week, with a focus on enabling genetic medicine in Africa.
15 Mar 2019
Working towards a water-sensitive Cape Town
When it “forgot to rain” in Cape Town, the city went on water-saving alert. Now it’s time for a holistic approach to future water management.
22 Oct 2018
Pursuing new ways to cure cancer
UCT alumnus Professor Frank Slack returned to his academic roots to share research which holds the promise of new ways of curing cancer and other illnesses.
22 Oct 2018
The Fourth Industrial Revolution and Society
Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg
09 Oct 2018
Reconfiguring the human through the child
Existing education models “colonise” children merely to prepare them for adulthood, ignoring what they naturally excel at, says education Professor Karin Murris.
07 Sep 2018
‘Retain, protect and defend academic freedom’
TB Davie Memorial Lecture presenter Professor Pumla Dineo Gqola says it’s time to challenge self-censorship, and both internal and external threats to academic freedom.
16 Aug 2018
Archie Mafeje’s legacy honoured
Archie Mafeje was a revolutionary thinker, a man ahead of his time, Professor Shahid Vawda said in his Vice-Chancellor’s Inaugural Lecture.
10 Aug 2018
Making a case for investing in mental health
Professor Crick Lund made a compelling case for investing in population mental health in low- and middle-income countries during his Vice-Chancellor’s Inaugural Lecture.
25 May 2018
Cardiovascular disease is a global problem
In the first annual lecture hosted in honour of Dr Stuart Saunders, Professor Bernard Gersh spoke to the burden of cardiovascular disease in the developing world.
16 May 2018
Some surprises in search for SA’s first composer
Historical musicologist Professor Rebekka Sandmeier's inaugural lecture documents her search for South Africa's first composer of Western music - and yields some surprises.
04 May 2018
Prioritise the public interest
When creating a system where access to intellectual property works is regulated fairly, prioritise the public interest, says Professor Caroline Ncube.
05 Apr 2018
Peace parks: the future of Africa’s natural resources
Peace parks, or transfrontier parks, have a long history in Africa, which should not be forgotten when looking at the opportunities they offer for conservation, says Maano Ramutsindela.
13 Mar 2018
Lessons in innovation and intervention
Professor Ulrike Rivett traversed 17 years of ICT4D research in her inaugural lecture: “ICT for development: the good intentions of the mobile phone”.
20 Oct 2017
Vulnerability at the heart of explosions research
In the week of Genevieve Langdon’s inaugural lecture on explosions, a terrorist bomb was planted on the London Underground. It was a reminder of human vulnerability.
20 Sep 2017
Universities were at the frontline of the colonial civilising mission. Your task is to subvert that mission, Prof Mahmood Mamdani told his TB Davie Memorial Lecture audience.
24 Aug 2017