Winter School

Less worry, more wake up

Submitted by Anthea Garman. Across 16 single lectures, one workshop devoted to education and a series of two about the law, it was extremely interesting this year that many of the Winter School speakers chose this moment to publicly express their worry about the state of nation. To give you a sense of some of…

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In need of a little… inspiration

Submitted by Anthea Garman. In what is becoming an interesting Winter School tradition, the Legal Resources Centre convened another panel to talk about the realisation of our constitutional rights. This year it was to discuss our progress on the right to education. The centre invited Mary Metcalfe, head of the Wits School of Education, the…

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Stand up and be a citizen

Submitted by Anthea Garman As a result of chairing 10 Winter School talks (at this point) I’ve started to feel a growing a sense of urgency about being a South African, a citizen and a member of a civil society in need of revival. Just to give you a sense of what’s being said at…

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The politics of being Muslim

Submitted by Julie Posetti “Our Muslims are well behaved and respected … they aren’t like yours.” This was the patronising response I received from one South African when I outlined my research into media coverage of Muslim women in Australia. And, it’s a theme that’s been echoed in conversations with more informed South Africans, with…

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Who will 2010’s losers be?

Submitted by Thandanani Mhlanga OK, so there we were at Game, every race known to the southern hemisphere. A rare moment indeed — this is Nelspruit, after all, a place where the winds of change hadn’t fully reached yet at the time. But there we were, washing detergent forgotten, glued to the different screens at…

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Talking: Maybe not an art, but a necessity

Submitted by Anthea Garman The Winter School — a place where people perform by talking — is an old, established part of the National Arts Festival. But what is its role and value in a festival that celebrates the arts in all their glory and diversity? Is talk an art? That’s debatable, but what isn’t…

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