South Africa: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow provides a personal glimpse into South Africa based on Vice Chairperson Philip Berry’s experiences with South Africa over the years. The talk highlights some of the pivotal economic, political, historical, global and social occurrences that inform the role of South Africa on the continent and in the world as an emerging market.
March 2. "Race Matters" will be a dialogue focusing on race as a social construct with the goal of better understanding how and why individuals self-identify differently from the labels that are imposed by the outside perceptions of others. How does society define whiteness, blackness, etc., and how do those definitions impact society? The dialogue will begin with a panel consisting of Dr. John Collins, Dr. Hlonipha
February 18th, Legendary trumpeter, vocalist and composer Hugh Masekela, and vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Vusi Mahlasela, will discuss the effects that the harsh political climate in South Africa had on their music, and South African music in general – and how music can uplift and raise social and political awareness.
“Hugh Masekela is still one of the most thrilling live performers around.” — Rolling Stone”
February 18, 2015, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Two of South Africa’s true freedom fighters and renowned musical icons come together to honor twenty years since the start of democracy in South Africa and the official end of Apartheid. In collaborative performance with a band, Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela will pay homage in 20 Yea
The first lecture in our Short Course on South Africa will feature Professor Hlonipha Mokoena of Columbia University (Anthropology) and Professor Grace Davie of Queens College (History) in a discussion of South African history.