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Promises and Lies - The Project of Freedom

TAIGA RIVE
During the course of the month of August, there has been a display of photographs and quotes in the foyer of the Humanities Building. The exhibition, entitled Promises and Lies: The ANC, Exile and the Project of Freedom, is curated by Dr Siona O’Connell in partnership with the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre (VIAD) and Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Johannesburg. This was accompanied by the screening of the documentary Promises and Lies — Fault Lines in the ANC (directed and produced by O’Connell) in the Auditorium, followed by a talk on African politics by Brown University’s Professor of Humanities and Critical Theory, and Director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Dr Barrymore Bogues. O’Connell, who has her Masters in Arts (African Studies), and Doctorate in Philosophy (African Studies), is currently working in UP Arts, having moved from UCT last year. The photographs are taken by award-winning British photographer Laurie Sparham. The event was hosted by UP Dean of Humanities Professor Vasu Reddy.

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Medical Plant Sciences PhD student wins prestigious prize

UP PhD Medical Plant Sciences student Carel Basson Oosthuizen was awarded the prize for the best paper at the annual Indigenous Plant Use Forum (IPUF) Conference held between 9 and 12 July.

According to ben-erikvanwyk.com, IPUF was started to “promote the cultural,socio-economic and scientific benefits to be derived from the sustainable use of the southern African flora”. According to UP’s website, Oosthuizen’s paper was titled ‘Natural coumarins against persistent mycobacterial biofilms’. This was part of his doctoral research in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences.

The Greenline represents UP at Annual Green Campuses Conference

NTOMBI MKANDHLA

Between 28 and 30 July, The Greenline represented UP at the 6th Annual Green Campuses Conference held at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). This year’s theme was “Save Water”. Cameron Green, Chair and Residence Director of The Greenline, presented on behalf of UP, for which he won the “Best Newcomer Award”.

UP student finalist in ocean pollution poster project

DANICA CHARLES

Sacha Saddul, currently studying third year Information Design at UP, took part in the Green

Bauhaus Global Communication Project 2017. The Green Bauhaus Foundation, established in 2006, is a multicultural global communications project working with universities and academies from five continents. The initiative aims to encourage sustainabledevelopment locally and globally.

Learning Communities seminar

NTOMBIKAYISE MKANDHLA AND CHAD JOHNSTON

On 19 July the Department of Student Affairs (DSA) hosted a seminar to discuss the concept of learning communities. The seminar was titled “Learning Communities pilot model into institutional effort for attaining student success” and was held in the Plant Sciences auditorium. Learning Communities is a project that wishes to exploit the concept of peer learning as a catalyst for student success.
Director of Student Affairs Dr. Matete Madiba opened up the seminar with a presentation centred on building communities around student success. In the presentation Madiba emphasised a decline in the dropout rate of first year students around the country. She continued to highlight the need for equity amongst students saying that “in order for everyone to be treated equally, they need access to the same resources”. She went on to explain the difference between poverty and impoverishment and made reference to a book she had recently read by Jay Naidoo called Change: Organising Tomorrow, Today. She said that the book guided her in realising that inequality is the main cause of impoverished students in universities.

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