School of Religion, Philosophy & Classics

Highlights from the annual John Dube Memorial Lecture.

Photos: Simon Gazu
Highlights from the annual John Dube Memorial Lecture.

UKZN’s School of Education and the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics (SRPC), in collaboration with the University Language Planning and Development Office and the JL Dube Institute, recently hosted the annual John Dube Memorial Lecture at the Pietermaritzburg campus’ Colin Webb Hall.

John Dube was the first president of the African National Congress (ANC) and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

Titled: I’m Gonna Sit at the Welcome Table’: The Enduring Power and Promise of Education as a Public Good, the lecture was delivered by Professor Chad Berry, Academic Vice President and Dean of the Faculty at Berea College, Kentucky, USA. ‘The title of this lecture is inspired by a timeless metaphor of the welcome table, from a well-known black spiritual during slavery and later an anthem of the U.S. civil rights movement. In our context today, the welcome table should be the norm in all education policy. However, the welcome table in schools (and other educational institutions) in South Africa and in the U.S. are not often very welcoming. So many are prevented from ever sitting at the welcome table,’ said Berry.

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