Fine Minds

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Fine Music Radio is broadcasting an exciting series of lectures co-ordinated by the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Extra-Mural Studies.

The Fine Minds series aims to bring the intellectual stimulation of the centre’s busy annual Summer School directly to the armchair listener. Fifteen distinguished speakers over three years – including JM Coetzee and William Kentridge – will cover a wide range of topics.

Fine Minds has been made possible by a grant from the Andrew W Mellon Foundation and will be repeated on Thursday afternoon just after the 1pm news.

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02
AUG
2015

‘Resistance to German Conquest in Namibia...’ by JM Coetzee

‘Resistance to German Conquest in Namibia: The letters of Hendrik Witbooi’ by renowned novelist and critic JM COETZEE.

This lecture takes as its focus Hendrik Witbooi, a dogged leader of resistance to the German takeover of what is now Namibia. The lecture shows how Witbooi’s letters provide absorbing insights into the internal politics of south-western Africa on the eve of conquest, as well as into contrasting conceptions of warfare, African and European, in the late nineteenth century.
Born in 1940 in Cape Town, JM Coetzee was the recipient the 2003 Nobel Prize for Literature. He has received many other awards for his novels, including two Booker Prizes.
His most recent works are the 2013 novel, The Childhood of Jesus, and a collection of letters entitled The good story: exchanges on Truth, Fiction and Psychotherapy.
‘Resistance to German Conquest in Namibia: The letters of Hendrik Witbooi’, will be the third in the series ‘Fine Minds’, a collaboration between FMR and The Centre for Extra-Mural Studies at UCT.

Fine Minds has been made possible by a grant from the Andrew W Mellon Foundation.
26
APR
2015

'Addressing Mandela' by Professor Colin Bundy

“Addressing Mandela” is presented by Professor COLIN BUNDY, retired principal of Green Templeton College, Oxford and formerly vice-chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand and principal of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Professor Bundy uses details of Nelson Mandela’s dress at different stages of his life as a narrative device, an unconventional route to a biography of the global icon. Beginning with the moment that the seven-year-old Nelson Mandela replaces his blanket with a pair of his father’s cut-off trousers, and taking us all the way to the immaculate suit of his release in 1990 and the rugby shirt of 1995, the lecture asks what such sartorial details reveal about Mandela the man, the politician and the icon.

Fine Minds has been made possible by a grant from the Andrew W Mellon Foundation
15
FEB
2015

'Whose war was it, anyway?' by Professor Bill Nasson

'Whose war was it, anyway?: Jan Smuts, Louis Botha and the Union of South Africa in the First World War' by Professor Bill Nasson.

Bill Nasson, Distinguished Professor in the Department of History at the University of Stellenbosch and the author of several books including ‘Springboks on the Somme’ and ‘The War for South Africa’, will give the inaugural Fine Minds lecture on February 15 just after the 18:00 news (in the People of Note slot). His lecture, “Whose war was it, anyway?: Jan Smuts, Louis Botha and the Union of South Africa in the First World War”, will illustrate the varied ways in which South Africa – crystallised by the figure of Jan Smuts – understood the coming of war in 1914, experienced its subsequent pressures, responded to its opportunities, and coped with its burdens.

Fine Minds has been made possible by a grant from the Andrew W Mellon Foundation

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