In 2011, the Faculty launched an initiative called wannabe@humanities to identify and support prospective applicants amongst a pool of grade 11 and 12 learners. This year, the dream of becoming UCT students became a reality for nine of these former 'wannabes' when they accepted offers to study in the Humanities.
The Faculty of Humanities mourns the passing of Dr. Reuben Chirambo a gifted teacher and friend. He passed away last Thursday evening (6 October 2011) after a short battle with cancer. Tributes have been pouring in from his colleagues and friends from all over the world.
Mandarin course convenor, Professor Wu Qianlong, hosted the first Mandarin language summer camp for UCT students during the June vacation this year. 37 students, who had recently completed an Initial Mandarin course, took part in an intensive language and cultural tour of the cities of Guangzhou, Xi'an and Beijing in China.
The 'best and brightest' amongst the Faculty of Humanities' final year students attended the Dean's Merit List function recently. The annual event is in recognition of consistent academic excellence and serves to promote postgraduate studies amongst a particularly talented pool of students.
World renowned scholar, Professor Akhil Gupta, will be visiting the Department of Social Anthropology from mid August to mid September this year. He is visiting UCT as an A.W. Mellon Visiting Fellow and whilst in South Africa, he will present a public lecture entitled "Is India's Growth Sustainable? The Paradoxes of Progress". He will also deliver a keynote address at the annual Conference of Anthropology Southern Africa.
Dr Itai Muwati, Head of African Languages & Literatures at the University of Zimbabwe, is currently visiting UCT on a Visiting Scholars' Fund. His stay forms part of a month-long collaborative teaching and research exercise between the two institutions.
Associate Professor Martin Botha, from the Centre for Film and Media Studies, is the first South African to join the ranks of the prestigious Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique (FIPRESCI).
The Michaelis School of Fine Art and the Frank Joubert Art Centre (FJAC) have launched a series of Saturday morning workshops for Art Educators in Cape Town. The workshops provide Michaelis lecturing staff and FET educators the opportunity to exchange knowledge, experience and skills in an informal setting.
Inspired by last year's Mandela Day initiative, in which Humanities staff collected toys for both the Red Cross children's hospital and the Langa Children's Home, Shireen Weber and her family have since started their own community outreach project.
Every year, the Faculty of Humanities celebrates Madiba's birthday by extending a helping hand to a community in need. This year, staff spent Friday the 15th of July making sleeping bags for Cape Town's homeless as well as collating boxes of children's colouring books and crayons.