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Second Generation Knowledge and the Politics of Reconciliation in South Africa

A talk by Jonathan Jansen, vice-chancellor and rector, University of the Free State, South Africa

Tuesday, February 07, 2012
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
10th floor
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Professor Jonathan Jansen is vice-chancellor and rector of the University of the Free State, president of the South African Institute of Race Relations and chairperson of the Toyota Foundation in South Africa.

He was a Fulbright Scholar to Stanford University (2007-2008), former dean of education at the University of Pretoria (2001-2007), and holds honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and Cleveland State University. He is a former high school biology teacher, and achieved his undergraduate education at the University of the Western Cape (B.Sc.), his teaching credentials at the University of South Africa (HED, BEd) and his postgraduate education in the United States (MS, Cornell; PhD, Stanford).

His most recent scholarly books are Knowledge in the Blood (2009, Stanford University Press, selected by the Library Journal of the USA as one of the best books of that year) and he has co-authored Diversity High: Class, Color, Character and Culture in a South African High School (2008, University Press of America). His more recent general books include We Need to Talk (2011) and Great South African Teachers (2011), from Bookstorm/PanMacmillan Publishers.

He is former vice-president of the South African Academy of Science for which body he chaired a major study on the South African doctorate (2010) and recently co-chaired another study on the state of the humanities in South Africa.

Professor Jansen also writes a weekly column on educational and political issues for the Sunday Times.

Cost : Free and open to the public; pay-by-space and all-day parking ($11) available in lot 3.

UCLA African Studies Center310-825-3686

Sponsor(s): African Studies Center, Architecture and Urban Design

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