Vice-chancellor's Open Lecture Series

2014

The Vice-Chancellor's Open Lecture series was established to enable anyone in the community, whether they are connected to the university or not , to have the benefit of hearing first-hand from academics, researchers and innovators who have distinguished themselves in their areas of expertise from South Africa ,but particularly, from around the world.

Attendance to the lectures is free of charge as the series is one of the ways that UCT seeks to give back to the Cape Town community.
 

Dr Rajesh TandonDr Rajesh Tandon 
26 August
Knowledge Democracy: Reclaiming Voice for All
Vice-Chancellor's Open Lecture

Sound: full speech (74.5 mb); Right-click on the files to download them (recommended) or click to play.

Prof John BarowProf John D Barrow 
9 July
The Evolution of the Universe
Vice-Chancellor's Open Lecture

Sound: full speech (49.9 mb); Right-click on the files to download them (recommended) or click to play.

Watch video: Prof John Barrow delivers a Vice-Chancellor's Open Lecture at UCT

Prof Katherine NewmanProf Katherine Newman 
5 May
After Freedom: The rise of the post-apartheid generation in democratic South Africa.
Vice-Chancellor's Open Lecture

Sound: full speech (48.18 mb); Right-click on the files to download them (recommended) or click to play.

Sir Eric AshSir Eric Ash 
27 February
The climate change threat - any room for optimism? A challenge to Science and for Diplomacy.
The annual Wolfson Memorial Lecture, part of the VC's Open Lecture Series.

Sound: full speech (33.6 mb); Right-click on the files to download them (recommended) or click to play.

Dr Jane GoodallDr Jane Goodall 
6 February
Road to Gombe: Primatologist and chimpanzee champion Dr Jane Goodall with Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price.
Vice-Chancellor's Open Lecture

Sound: full speech (16.6 mb); Right-click on the files to download them (recommended) or click to play.

Watch video: Dr Jane Goodall delivers a Vice-Chancellor's Open Lecture at UCT

 

Prof Partha Chatterjee

Prof Partha Chatterjee 
1 August
Modern Empires and Nations
Vice-Chancellor's Open Lecture

Sound: full speech (16.6 mb); Right-click on the files to download them (recommended) or click to play.

Watch video: Prof Partha Chatterjee delivers a Vice-Chancellor's Open Lecture at UCT

Dr Earl Lewis

Dr Earl Lewis 
18 June
The Ever-Changing Contours of the Affirmative Action Debate in the United States
Vice-Chancellor's Open Lecture

Sound: full speech (8.9 mb); Right-click on the files to download them (recommended) or click to play.

Watch video: Dr Earl Lewis delivers a Vice-Chancellor's Open Lecture at UCT

Prof John Lennox

 Prof John Lennox 
12 March
A Matter of Gravity - God, the Universe and Stephen Hawking
Vice-Chancellor's Open Lecture

 

Sound: full speech (12.8 mb); Right-click on the files to download them (recommended) or click to play.

Watch video: Prof John Lennox delivers a Vice-Chancellor's Open Lecture at UCT

Prof Arthur Kleinman

 Prof Arthur Kleinman 
7 February
Caregiving and Goodness: Their Broader Role in Society
Vice-Chancellor's Open Lecture

Sound: full speech (12.8 mb); Right-click on the files to download them (recommended) or click to play.

Watch video: Prof Arthur Kleinman delivers a Vice-Chancellor's Open Lecture at UCT

Prof John Braithwaite
Prof John Braithwaite 
26 July
Restorative justice: Republican vision & justice as a better future
Vice-Chancellor's Open Lecture

Sound: full speech (12.4 mb); Video
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Prof Bruce Alberts
Prof Bruce Alberts 
 23 May
Science & the World's Future
Vice-Chancellor's Open Lecture

Sound: full speech (20.7 mb); extract
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Prof Anton Zeilinger
Prof Anton Zeilinger 
25 October
Quantum games & quantum information
Vice-Chancellor's Open Lecture

 

Sound: full speech (23.6 mb); extract
Right-click on the files to download them (recommended) or click to play. Monday Paper article.

Watch video: Prof Anton Zeilinger delivers a Vice-Chancellor's Open Lecture at UCT

 

Prof Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Prof Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak - 27 September
The Tradition of Critique & Feminist Writing

Sound: full speech (20.2 mb); extract
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Watch video: Professor Gayatri Spivak delivers a Vice-Chancellor's Open Lecture at UCT

Dr Ismail Serageldin
Dr Ismail Serageldin 
25 July
Universities & the Unfolding Knowledge Revolution
Vice-Chancellor's Open Lecture

Sound: full speech (19.0 mb); extract
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Watch video: Dr Ismail Serageldin speaks at UCT

Prof Raewyn Connell
Prof Raewyn Connell 
20 July
Intellectuals in the 21st century world
Vice-Chancellor's Open Lecture

Sound: full speech (28.7 mb); extract 
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Watch video: Professor Raewyn Connell delivers the VC Open Lecture at UCT

Sir David Attenborough
Sir David Attenborough 
13 April
Alfred Russel Wallace and the Birds of Paradise

Sound: full speech (15.0 mb); extract 
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Monday Paper article

Watch video: Open lecture and the Q & A session

Sir Howard Davies
Sir Howard Davies 
29 March
Financial crisis - How is to blame?

 

Sound: full speech (17.0 mb); extract 
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Monday Paper article

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Dr Francis S Collins & Sir Mark Walport
Dr Francis S Collins & Sir Mark Walport 
3 March
Genomics and global health in 2011 and From Genes to Health

Sound: Dr Francis S Collins full speech (11.7 mb); extract 
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Sound: Sir Mark Walport full speech (15.6 mb); extract 
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Monday Paper article

Watch video.

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