Talks on free society

2016-11-29 06:00
Noel Daniels and Ashley du Plooy of the Cornerstone Institute are ready to welcome the public to the institute’s free Festival of Learning. PHOTO: gary van dyk

Noel Daniels and Ashley du Plooy of the Cornerstone Institute are ready to welcome the public to the institute’s free Festival of Learning. PHOTO: gary van dyk

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The Cornerstone Institute in Salt River is on a mission to celebrate learning with the second annual Festival of Learning that showcases interesting topics to enlighten.

The festival will start with a series of “critical dialogues” from Thursday to Saturday with the centre theme being the interplay between arts, science and technology.

Noel Daniels, CEO of the facility, says these dialogues are hosted to help people think more deeply about the meanings and practices of a liberated university, a free society and the shifts in cultural practices needed in pursuit of these freedoms.

“The theme was chosen to reflect on the prevailing concerns around higher education, particularly around the call for a decolonised curriculum,” he says.

“Some topics to be explored include the role of archiving and documenting the narrative of marginalised people, from their perspective.”

The opening speaker is entrepreneur Lufefe Nomjana, the founder and owner of Espinaca Innovation. He is known as the “spinach king” and hails from Khayelitsha, owning a bakery that specialises in spinach bread.

Another highlight at the festival is the launch of Karma Kurry, the Indian version of the celebrated North American book, Chicken Soup for the Soul, which features stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

The book has a chapter on Kumi Naidoo, the former international executive director of Greenpeace, that was written by Daniels.

“We would like to shift the focus to the future and want to use the launch event as a catalyst to start the process of developing a South African/African version of the book,” Daniels says.

Entry to all activities at the festival at the facility on the corner of Durham Avenue and Victoria Road is free.

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