Upcoming Events

Speaker: Lawrence Gostin, JD, LL.D (Hon.)
Friday, March 24, 2023, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Zoom | Free | Open to the public


Learning objectives:

At the end of this talk, participants will be able to answer:
- Why the world faces grave risks of future pandemics and epidemics;
- Why animal health and human health are intertwined; and
- Why climate change poses major pandemic risks.

Speaker: Premesh Lalu
Friday, March 31, 2023, 11:30am - 1:00pm

Josie Johnson Room (Room 180)

Humphrey School of Public Affairs

This cultural history of Athlone, one of apartheid’s ‘dumping grounds’ for the victims of forced removals, is something of a delight, providing an intimate snapshot of a bygone era that continues to live in the hearts and imaginations of many of the town’s residents. At the film’s centre is the Kismet theatre.Making engaging use of contemporary interviews and historical anecdotes, the film manages to sidestep sentimentality and nostalgia in favour of an emotional realism.

Speaker: Premesh Lalu
Friday, March 31, 2023, 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Josie Johnson Room (Room 180)

Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Post-apartheid South Africa still struggles to overcome the past, not just because the material conditions of apartheid linger but because the intellectual conditions it created have not been thoroughly dismantled. The system of ‘petty apartheid’, which controlled the minutia of everyday life, became a means of dragooning human beings into adapting to increasingly mechanized forms of life that stifle desire and creative endeavor. As a result, apartheid is incessantly repeated in the struggle to move beyond it. In Undoing Apartheid, Premesh Lalu argues that only an aesthetic education can lead to a future beyond apartheid. To find ways to escape the vicious cycle, he traces the patterns created by three theatrical works by William Kentridge, Jane Taylor, and the Handspring Puppet Company – Faustus in Africa, Woyzeck on the Highveld, and Ubu and the Truth Commission – which coincided with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of apartheid. Through the analysis of these works, Lalu uncovers the roots of modern thinking about race and affirms the need to revitalize a post-apartheid reconciliation endowed with truth – if only to keep alive the rhyme of hope and history.

Speaker: Beverly Fok
Friday, April 7, 2023, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Brown Bag Series

537 Heller Hall (ICGC)

Beverly studies migrant labor, land law, and Indigeneity in maritime Southeast Asia and her work has been published in interdisciplinary venues such as Philosophy Today and Culture, Theory and Critique.


Speaker: TBA
Friday, April 14, 2023, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Brown Bag Series

537 Heller Hall (ICGC)

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