Professor to talk in Kloof

2015-07-07 06:01
Professor Jonathan Jansen will give a talk in Kloof this month.x

Professor Jonathan Jansen will give a talk in Kloof this month.x

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PROFESSOR Jonathan Jansen, esteemed vice-chancellor and rector of the University of the Free State, is coming to Kloof to present a talk titled “How to avoid the race to the bottom in education”, at the St Agnes Church Auditorium, Abelia Road, Kloof on Wednesday 8 July at 12.15pm. Proceeds from the talk will go to Youth Education and Support Trust, a registered non-profit organisation.

Jansen is president of the South African Institute of Race Relations. He holds a PhD from Stanford University, the MS degree from Cornell University, and honorary doctorates of education from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), Cleveland State University (U.S.), and the University of Vermont (U.S., 2014).

He is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association and a Fellow of the Academy of Science of the Developing World. His book, Knowledge in the Blood: Confronting Race and the Apartheid Past (Stanford 2009), was listed as one of the best books of that year by the American Libraries Association.

His new book, Schools that Work, uses video-documentaries to capture what happens inside disadvantaged schools which nevertheless produce the best results in physical science and mathematics in South Africa.

He also writes books like Great South African Teachers (with two students), We Need to Talk, and We Need to Act (2013), and is a columnist for The Times and Die Burger. In 2013 he was awarded the Education Africa Lifetime Achiever Award in New York and the Spendlove Award from the University of California for his contributions to tolerance, democracy and human rights.

In May he received an honorary doctor of letters degree at the University of Vermont and recently Knowledge in the Blood also won the Nayef Al Rodhan Prize, the largest award from the British Academy for the Social Science and Humanities, for its contribution to scholarly excellence and transcultural understanding.

Tickets are available from Computicket and cost R100. Booking essential. For more information contact, Jill Storrar on 083 309 6211

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