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The Plight of Academia and STI in the Post-democratic Era – Prof Barney Pityana

12 April @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) cordially invites you to a conversation with Prof Barney Pityana Professor Emeritus of Law, University of South Africa and Visiting Honorary Professor, Allan Gray Institute for Ethical Leadership, Department of Philosophy, Rhodes University on The Plight of Academia and STI in the Post-democratic Era.

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Prof Pityana will talk about what Freedom Day means to him and share his thoughts on Steve Biko, former President Nelson Mandela and other stalwarts of the struggle that inspired him to take up issues related to social justice. He will give his views on Fees must Fall and the decolonisation of education debate and to what extend these take us back to the issues of the struggle days (70s and 80s) and how should we contextualise these issues in contemporary times. Also under discussion will be lessons learnt from history as academicians trying to build the next generation of scientists and what should be done to fix the problems. In the context of Freedom Day, Prof Pityana will also shed some light on the top three things he would prioritise for change in our country.


12 April
11:00 am - 12:30 pm