Gilbert and Sullivan by Elizabeth Handley 11 March 2020

Wed, 11 Mar 2020 -
18:00 to 20:00

This presentation of light-hearted musical entertainment was prepared at the request of the President of the British and Commonwealth Association in Stockholm. W.S Gilbert – librettist – and Sir Arthur Sullivan – composer – were brought together by the visionary producer Richard D’Oyly Carte. He built the Savoy Theatre in which to stage their works in Victorian London in 1881. Together, between 1871 and 1896, they created around fourteen operettas, of which The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore and The Mikado are the best known. These carefree works continue to delight audiences...

Morality, Ethics and the Study of Religion(s): Lost and Found Again

In this presentation, I introduce the project that I am leading in the study of religion, ethics and morality. I situate these questions in the history of the study of religions, arguing that ethics and morality were progressively removed from the major theories and definitions of religions. In particular, the major theories from Schleiermacher to Chidester did not put ethics and morality in the centre of their reflections. A recent revival in the study of ethics in anthropology has inherited an approach to ethics that vacillates between Kant and James. Given this background, the projects...

Are we ready for Genetically Modified Humans?

In recent years researchers have been working hard to develop faster, cheaper, and more precise ways to remove, add or modify genes in living organisms. They now have the ability to change our human genome - not only in people who are alive, but also in those who are yet to be born. Gene editing technologies raise profound questions about what it means to be human, and the extent to which we want to push the boundaries towards enhancement.
Hosted by A/Prof Jantina de Vries in collaboration with the Department of Medicine together with the UCT Internal Medicine Society are organising...

Divided Pasts to Cohesive Futures: Reflections on Africa

Please join the launch of this Cambridge University Press publication edited by Hiroyuki Hino, Arnim Langer, John Lonsdale and Frances Stewart, and prepared in a partnership between the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit at the University of Cape Town, and the Japan International Co-operation Agency. Dr Stanley Henkeman, Executive Director, the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation will deliver the keynote address, "Social Cohesion in South Africa – Past, Present and Future".
About the book:
Today, the cohesion of multi-ethnic societies is at risk across...

Puccini's La Bohéma by Elizabeth Handley

This introductory lecture is designed to prepare audiences for performances of this popular, much-loved opera. A thorough background is provided: the concept of opera is defined and the ingredients (musical components) explained. Puccini is placed into historical context and the work itself placed within the context of Puccini’s life and work.
Puccini’s unique musical style and characteristics is explained, including his use of signature tunes to represent the main characters, and how these tunes are manipulated in accordance with events in the story as it unfolds. Using ample...

UCT Under Apartheid: From Onset to Sit-In 1948 -1968

Alumni and friends of of the University of Cape Town (UCT) are invited to a campus book launch of ‘UCT Under Apartheid: From Onset to Sit-In 1948 -1968’, written by retired UCT academic and author, Emeritus Professor Howard Phillips. The event forms part of the university's Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series.
The book is published by Jacana Media and will be available for purchase at the event for R300.
Emeritus Professor Howard Phillips is a UCT and University of London alumnus. He will be introduced by Dr Bodhi Kar, Head of the Department of Historical Studies...

Inclusive Speaker Series

Western Cape universities, are co-hosting an inclusive practice speaker series where we are bringing practitioners, scholars and civil society organisations together to share leading practice that is provoking new ways about doing and thinking about Transformation.
UCT is hosting the first speaker this year, Professor Rozena Maart.

Life, Writing and Politics in his Autobiographies by Shaun Viljoen

This lecture will focus on the life and work of Peter Abrahams, a South African novelist, journalist and political commentator, who in 1956 settled in Jamaica where he died in 2017. His two memoirs, Tell Freedom (1954) and The Coyaba Chronicles (2000), written more than half a century apart, on different continents and in different hemispheres, combines the experiential in his formative early life as a black person in an oppressive, racist country with the humanist, Marxist and Pan-Africanist influences. His life experiences were formative in shaping his deep empathy for others so evident...

Annual Dr Stuart Saunders Lecture "Health, Healthcare and Professionalism in the 21st century"

Dr Benatar is an Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the University of Cape Town. His work is focused on the structure and funding of health care services in South Africa, human rights, bioethics, and the political economy of global health.
Advances in science, technology, medicine and health care have profoundly transformed human life and the practice of medicine over the past 60 years. Despite these advances and vast economic growth, wide disparities in health and in access to health care persist.
In this lecture the trajectory of such changes will be discussed in the context...

The hard question of consciousness by Professor Mark Solms

The ‘hard problem’ of consciousness is the Holy Grail of modern neuroscience. How do physiological brain processes become subjective experiences? My approach to the problem revolves around a shift of focus from the complex experiences of human beings to much simpler forms which we share with all vertebrates. This requires a shift away from the cerebral cortex, the traditional ‘seat’ of consciousness, to the evolutionarily ancient brainstem. Bookings can be made through Webtickets.
R100 (full fee); R50 (staff); R30 (student)

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