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A faculty cocktail party was held on 21 November to honour retirees and to bid a fond farewell to Professor Paula Ensor who has occupied the position of Dean of the Faculty of Humanities since 2004. In addition to the many tributes from colleagues and students, there were some surprises for the Dean, including a speech by son Michael Mbikiwa.
A research partnership between the University of Cape Town, the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, and the WHO-led Violence Prevention Alliance has resulted in the launch of a new publication entitled: “Preventing violence: evaluating outcomes of parenting programmes”. The publication is intended for government policy-makers and practitioners as well as the professional and donor communities working in the area of violence prevention.
What can I do to secure a good job? How do I use the skills and knowledge I have acquired at UCT to make a difference? These were some of the questions posed to a panel of guest speakers at the faculty careers evening held in September. The event, which was attended by close to 300 students, was hosted in collaboration with UCT Careers Service and the Humanities Student Council.
On 18 July, the Leslie Social Science atrium and HUMA seminar room were temporarily transformed into mini sandwich factories in aid of Mandela Day 2013. Organised by the Humanities Student Council, the sandwich-making marathon brought together a crowd of staff and students who helped prepare food parcels for the homeless.
Students from UCT's Drama department have returned triumphant from the 2013 Setkani/Encounter Festival that took place from 16 to 20 April in the Czech Republic. The group's entry in the international competition was in the form of an adaptation of prominent South African playwright Mike Van Graan's Brothers in Blood. Van Graan is also an UCT Drama alumnus.
This year, the Humanities Central Technology Unit (CTU) earmarked a total of ten computers for donation to disadvantaged schools in the Western Cape. All of the desktop computers were installed with Open Office software. Eight were distributed to schools in February and the remainder were delivered to Marsh Memorial Home on Friday, the 3rd of May.
The Humanities Education Development Unit held a function in February to celebrate six years of providing educational support services and to welcome all first-year ED students to its 2013 programme.
To kick-start 2013, the faculty has unveiled a new multipurpose space in the Robert Leslie Social Science Building. The modern suite, occupying almost half of the sixth floor in the east wing of the building, was created exclusively for Humanities postgraduate students in Political Studies, Sociology, Religious Studies and Social Development.
Emeritus Professor Richard Whitaker's The Iliad of Homer: A Southern African Translation (Cape Town 2012) has recently been published. The translation, which took ten years to complete, aims to make Homer's classic poem of the Trojan War more accessible to local readers, through using an English that acknowledges the influence of other South African languages.
Nine students from UCT's School of Dance have returned triumphant from the ITS Festival, an international Dance competition held annually in Amsterdam. Of the seven international dance companies represented, this group was the only one from Africa and ultimately the one that walked away with a coveted ITS Guest Award prize for the best international performance.
The UCT applications process was made a little easier this year when the 'wannabe@humanities' programme hosted its annual Applications Workshop recently.