A five-week summer institute for twenty-five school teachers on the history and culture of South Africa to take place in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg and Durban.
This institute is led by historian Richard Corby (University of Arkansas at Monticello), English professor Liesel Hibbert (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University) and curriculum specialist Kay Grant (Monticello, Arkansas). A formal, multidisciplinary study of South Africa's "History Roots," "Culture and Society," "Religion and Education," and "Economy and Government" takes place during the first two weeks of the institute at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth and the University of the Western Cape in Capetown. Lectures are given by the following faculty members at these two universities: historians Nico Jooste and Robert Otto Herbst; music scholar Leslie Hughes; literature scholar Marious L. Crous; health administrator Dalena van Rooyen; sociologist Peter Cunningham; religion scholars Bert Olivier, Martin Oosthuizen, and Yasien Mohamed; and educator Ghauderen Coetzee. Principal readings for the institute include Paul Bohannan and Philip Curtin, Africa and Africans; Leonard Thompson, A History of South Africa; Rita M. Byrnes, ed., South Africa: A Country Study; Allister Sparks, Tomorrow is Another Country; Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom; Alex La Guma, A Walk in the Night; and Nadine Gordimer, July's People. These initial weeks include visits to historical and cultural sites in and around Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. A larger field study takes place during the final three weeks of the institute. Participants visit the Grahamstown National Festival of the Arts, the Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha, the KwaMuhle Museum in Durban, the Ezulwini Valley in Swaziland, the Apartheid Museum and Soweto Township in Johannesburg, the Voortrekker Monument and Museum in Pretoria, the Open Mine Museum and the "Big Hole" in Kimberly. Back in Cape Town, participants visit the District Six Museum, Robben Island, and the Cape of Good Hope National Park and participate in final lecture/discussion sessions by additional scholars from the two host universities: economist Elizabeth Stolz, political scientist Keith Gottschalk, and education professor David Donald. Participants keep personal and group journals during the five weeks of the institute.
Faculty: Liesel Hibbert, Kay Grant