Events

Events at Idasa’s Cape Town Democracy Centre:

Past event:

You are invited to the launch of:

Praat Verby Grense by Lauri Gaum & Frits Gaum

The authors of this engaging book will be in conversation with Dr Allan Boesak.

Die e-pos wat in hierdie boek gepubliseer word, is ’n gesprek so openhartig dat dit grense afbreek en die pad oopmaak vir begrip en aanvaarding. Só ’n gesprek – bedaard, diepgaande, vol respek, en hoogs ingelig – is die teenoorgestelde van die omstandighede wat daartoe gelei het.  Toe twee Afrikaanse koerante in 2005 private foto’s van Gaum jr. publiseer saam met bewerings oor hom deur ’n ander jong man, is ’n uitkringende reeks gebeure gesneller wat spoedig sou lei tot die selfmoord van die jong man en ’n verslingering van die kerkloopbaan van Laurie Gaum, ’n NG-predikant net soos sy pa, Frits.

Te midde van die sensasie is vraagstukke oor homoseksualiteit, die Bybel en die kerk, oor verdraagsaamheid en maatskaplike geregtigheid op die voorgrond gedwing. En veral het dit ’n pa, ’n leidende figuur in die kerk, gekonfronteer met vrae wat skielik nie meer bloot teoreties was nie, maar lewenskwessies, in sy eie gesin. Ná die verloop van baie tyd en besinning skryf pa en seun nou openhartig aan mekaar oor die dood, ons land, oor liefde en hoe die Bybel verstaan moet word, oor geregtigheid en vergiffenis, en waar die kerk daarin gefaal en waar getriomfeer het. ’n Ontroerende boek wat geen leser sonder begrip sal agterlaat nie.

Laurie Gaum het op Stellenbosch vir predikant geleer en ‘n MA aan die Universiteit van Kaapstad behaal. Hy was predikant in die Presiberiaanse gemeente in Guguletu en later in die St. Stephen’s NG gemeente in Kaapstad. Toe dit aan die lig kom dat hy in ’n gay verhouding staan, het die NG Kerk hom ontslaan. Na appèl is sy status herstel. Tans is hy verbonde aan die Sentrum vir Christelike Spiritualiteit en ook betrokke by Inclusive and Affirming Ministries (I AM) in Kaapstad.

Dr. Frits Gaum het in die letterkunde, joernalistiek en teologie gestudeer, was predikant en later baie jare redakteur van Kerkbode en LIG, en het ook op die moderamen van die Wes-Kaapse en die algemene sinode gedien. Hy is tans afgetree en woon in die Suid-Kaap.

Date: Tuesday 10 August

Time: 5:30 for 6:00pm

Venue: Lobby Books, Cape Town Democracy Center, 6 Spin Street

Contact: Andreas Spath at aspath@idasa.org.za or 021 467 7606

Parking options:
Street parking in the area is safe and will cost you R4.50 per hour.
Parking garages open to the public in the area include:

  • Plein Park (Plein Street; to get to the entrance, turn off Plein Street into Barrack Street and then into Corporation Street).
  • Mandela Rhodes Place (entrance in Burg Street, off Wale Street).

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Past event:

You are invited to the launch of:

In Praise of Lilith, Eve & The Serpent In The Garden Of Eden & Other Stories by Susan Scott

This collection of essays is comprised of powerful and compelling stories in which the author deftly shows how the seemingly mundane contains the sacred within.

Susan Scott will be discussing Lilith, the first wife of Adam, and the impact that this myth from earliest times has on our contemporary world. In her perceptive and illuminating work, Susan relates five personal stories which have universal appeal as well as two further essays which provide a fascinating insight into Dreams and the ancient creation myth.

Susan Scott

“Susan has informed her book with a woman’s perspective on age-old myths and tales. She links Jungian theory with daily life events and smoothly demonstrates how both express and impact our psyches. She writes out of an intuitive sense that reveals acute awareness to the vulnerable issues composing our lives. An enchanting, enjoyable and enriching read.”

Dr Susan Schwartz, Jungian Analyst, Phoenix Arizona

Wine and snacks will be served.

Date: Thursday 5 August

Time: 5:30 for 6:00pm

Venue: Lobby Books, Cape Town Democracy Center, 6 Spin Street

Contact: Andreas Spath at aspath@idasa.org.za or 021 467 7606

Parking options:
Street parking in the area is safe and will cost you R4.50 per hour.
Parking garages open to the public in the area include:

  • Plein Park (Plein Street; to get to the entrance, turn off Plein Street into Barrack Street and then into Corporation Street).
  • Mandela Rhodes Place (entrance in Burg Street, off Wale Street).

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Past event:

You are invited to a free Lunchtime Soapbox talk entitled:

An Introduction to Fair Trade by Arianna Baldo & Mandy Moussouris

Arianna and Mandy will introduce the Fairtrade concept and its numerous benefits. They will give a brief overview on how Fairtrade works and what its impact has been in South Africa.

The speakers will describe various Fairtrade projects on local farms and what they mean for farm workers. They will also highlight a number of South African Fairtrade products.

Arianna Baldo, is the Marketing and Promotions Coordinator of Fairtrade Label South Africa and project assistant for Solidaridad Southern Africa. Mandy Moussouris is the Fair Trade Project Manager for the Environmental Monitoring Group.

A delicious and affordable (from R35) brown bag lunch will be on sale at the venue.

Date: Thursday 5 August

Time: 12:45 for 13:00pm

Venue: Lobby Books, Cape Town Democracy Center, 6 Spin Street

Contact: Andreas Spath at aspath@idasa.org.za or 021 467 7606

Parking options:
Street parking in the area is safe and will cost you R4.50 per hour.
Parking garages open to the public in the area include:

  • Plein Park (Plein Street; to get to the entrance, turn off Plein Street into Barrack Street and then into Corporation Street).
  • Mandela Rhodes Place (entrance in Burg Street, off Wale Street).

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Past event:

Jacana Media invites you to join the Jacana Jamboree at a discussion entitled:

Sustainability: A voting issue?

Listen to Prof. Edgar Pieterse (African Centre for Cities) in conversation with Lance Greyling (MP and Chief Whip of ID Parliamentary Caucus), Muna Lakhani (Earthlife Africa), Richard Calland (Associate Professor, Department of Public Law, UCT) and Prof. Mark Swilling (Director, Sustainability Institute) on the topic of how to get sustainability on the political agenda for the upcoming local elections?

A delicious and affordable (from R35) brown bag lunch will be on sale at the venue.

Date: Saturday 31 July

Time: 12h30 for 13h00-14h00

Venue: Lobby Books, 6 Spin Street, Cape Town

Speakers: Prof. Edgar Pieterse in conversation with Lance Greyling, Muna Lakhani, Richard Calland and Prof. Mark Swilling

RSVP: 021 467 7606; aspath@idasa.org.za; or book on www.strictlytickets.com

This is a Jacana Media, Book Lounge, Cape Times and Equal Education initiave.

Please bring high quality children’s and young adults’ books, in good condition, to donate to Equal Education’s book drive for school libraries. 10% of all Jacana Books sold at the event will also go to Equal Education for their library book drive.

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Past event:

Jacana Media invites you to join the Jacana Jamboree at the launch of:

In the Balance: South Africans Debate Reconciliation edited by Dr Fanie du Toit and Erik Doxtander

Editors Dr Fanie du Toit (Executive Director, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation) and Erik Doxtader will be in conversation with Raenette Taljaard and Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela.

Reconciliation is an open and urgent question. We do not agree about what reconciliation means. We do not agree about how it works. We certainly do not agree about what it has done or the ways in which it can be brought to bear on the problems that confront South Africa today. In short, reconciliation keeps us off balance. A source of strength that sits at the very heart of South Africa’s remarkable transition to democracy, reconciliation is also a frustrating fault line and a yet unfulfilled promise.

There are no simple answers. As the leading voices in this book make clear, reconciliation is a question that must be debated – together – with a candid acknowledgement that the disagreements provoked by reconciliation are an opportunity to interact and learn from one another. Only by sharing our diverging accounts of reconciliation will we come to terms with its contested legacy, its contemporary meaning and its future possibilities. Direct and thought-provoking, the essays here offer staunch defences and pointed criticisms of reconciliation. Together, they challenge the conventional wisdom and sound an important call: once again, it is time to ask after reconciliation’s meaning, practice and value.

Wine and snacks will be served.

Date: Friday 30 July

Time: 17h30 for 18h00

Venue: Lobby Books, 6 Spin Street, Cape Town

Speakers: Dr Fanie du Toit and Erik Doxtader in conversation with Raenette Taljaard and Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela.

RSVP: 021 467 7606; aspath@idasa.org.za; or book on www.strictlytickets.com

This is a Jacana Media, Book Lounge, Cape Times and Equal Education initiave.

Please bring high quality children’s and young adults’ books, in good condition, to donate to Equal Education’s book drive for school libraries. 10% of all Jacana Books sold at the event will also go to Equal Education for their library book drive.

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Past event:

Jacana Media invites you to join the Jacana Jamboree as heavy-weight political analysts come together to look at the state of our democracy and ask: Where to from here?

Discussion: Pop, Popular, Populist: examining the relationship between the ruling party and society

Listen to Richard Calland in conversation with Judith February, Raymond Suttner and Ronnie Kasrils.

Wine and snacks will be served.

Date: Thursday 29 July

Time: 19h30 for 20h00

Venue: Lobby Books, 6 Spin Street, Cape Town

Speakers: Richard Calland in conversation with  Judith February, Raymond Suttner and Ronnie Kasrils

RSVP: 021 467 7606; aspath@idasa.org.za; or book on www.strictlytickets.com

This is a Jacana Media, Book Lounge, Cape Times and Equal Education initiave.

Please bring high quality children’s and young adults’ books, in good condition, to donate to Equal Education’s book drive for school libraries. 10% of all Jacana Books sold at the event will also go to Equal Education for their library book drive.

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Past event:

Jacana Media invites you to join the Jacana Jamboree at the launch of:

Soweto by Jodie Bieber

Acclaimed home-grown photographer, Jodi Bieber, has created an open-ended essay which is a celebration and a portrait of life in Soweto today.

The importance of Soweto in the collective consciousness is hard to overstate. It registers as a place born of resistance, perhaps even embodying the South African struggle for freedom. But the birth of Kwaito is attributed to Soweto too. And beyond the grand narratives, there is, and always was, a proliferation of dancing, art and fashion in this place defined by its energy and cosmopolitan nature. Labelling and un-labelling, claiming and discarding, Sowetans have created Soweto anew. This is a phenomenon that is celebrated in this photographic publication, which contemplates daily lived realities, where here, as elsewhere, South Africans are continually reinventing themselves and their urban space.

Jodi will be in conversation with Ismail Farouk, an artist and urban geographer. His work explores creative responses to racial, social, political and economic justice. He is currently employed as a researcher at the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town.

Wine and snacks will be served.

Date: Thursday 29 July

Time: 17h30 for 18h00

Venue: Lobby Books, 6 Spin Street, Cape Town

Speakers: Jodi Bieber in conversation with Ismail Farouk

RSVP: 021 467 7606; aspath@idasa.org.za; or book on www.strictlytickets.com

This is a Jacana Media, Book Lounge, Cape Times and Equal Education initiave.

Please bring high quality children’s and young adults’ books, in good condition, to donate to Equal Education’s book drive for school libraries. 10% of all Jacana Books sold at the event will also go to Equal Education for their library book drive.

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Past event:

Jacana Media invites you to join the Jacana Jamboree at the launch of:

Zimbabwe’s Exodus: Crisis, Migration and Survival edited by Jonathan Crush and Daniel Tevera

The editors will speak at the launch and Jonathan Khumbulani Nkala will perform The Crossing, his one-man play about his journey on foot from a dusty Zimbabwean Village to Cape Town.

The ongoing crisis in Zimbabwe has led to an unprecedented exodus of over a million desperate people from all strata of Zimbabwean society. The Zimbabwean diaspora is now truly global in extent. Yet rather than turning their backs on Zimbabwe, most maintain very close links with the country, returning often and remitting billions of dollars each year. Zimbabwe’s Exodus is written by leading migration scholars, many from the Zimbabwean diaspora. The book explores the relationship between Zimbabwe’s economic and political crisis and migration as a survival strategy. It includes personal stories of ordinary Zimbabweans living and working in other countries, who describe the hostility and xenophobia they often experience.

This solo performance is … as thrilling as it is inspiring, as frightening as it is miraculous … and confronts South Africans with what it is like to live and survive in this country as a refugee.” – Marianne Thamm, Times Live, 10 April 2010.

Wine and snacks will be served.

Date: Wednesday 28 July

Time: 17h30 for 18h00

Venue: Lobby Books, 6 Spin Street, Cape Town

Speakers: Jonathan Crush and Daniel Tevera, with a performance by Jonathan Khumbulani Nkala

RSVP: 021 467 7606; aspath@idasa.org.za; or book on www.strictlytickets.com

This is a Jacana Media, Book Lounge, Cape Times and Equal Education initiave.

Please bring high quality children’s and young adults’ books, in good condition, to donate to Equal Education’s book drive for school libraries. 10% of all Jacana Books sold at the event will also go to Equal Education for their library book drive.

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Past event:

You are invited to a free Lunchtime Soapbox talk entitled:

Walmart – how the world’s biggest corporation went deep green by Robert Zipplies

From being perceived as the major corporate villain, Walmart is now counted as an environmental leader. What brought about this profound change? This presentation offers a fascinating insight into why the world’s largest corporation decided to embark on the green journey and how they are going about it.

Robert Zipplies

If Walmart were a country, it would be the 17th largest economy – roughly on par with Switzerland and Sweden. With more than 2 million employees and over 100,000 suppliers, Walmart’s progress is now setting a global benchmark for sustainability performance in the corporate sector and provides an indication of how profoundly corporate attitudes towards environmental issues have changed.

The case study, amongst other things, investigates:

  • the reasons for Walmart’s profound change,
  • how they developed their sustainability strategy and why they made it core to their business strategy,
  • what activities they are undertaking to green their operations and supply chain,
  • how they are working internally to change their culture, and
  • how they are collaborating with other stakeholders to enable their progress.

“It’s beyond encouragement – my challenge to you is to move sustainability to the front burner if you don’t already have it there.”
Mike Duke, Walmart CEO, addressing employees and suppliers in 2009.

This presentation will provide valuable insights and ideas for your sustainability strategy and activities.

Robert Zipplies consults independently to corporations wishing to deepen their sustainability commitment. He is the editor of the recently released book, Bending the Curve – Your guide to tackling climate change in South Africa and has been made an Indalo Yethu (South Africa’s Environmental Campaign) Eco-ambassador for his environmental work. He is a regular speaker on a range of sustainability-related topics, and is a board member of the climate change NGO, Project 90 by 2030. He has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering (UCT), an MSc in Industrial Engineering (Wits) and an MBA (Rotterdam).

A delicious and affordable (from R35) brown bag lunch will be on sale at the venue.

Date: Thursday 29 July

Time: 12:45 for 13:00pm

Venue: Lobby Books, Cape Town Democracy Center, 6 Spin Street

Contact: Andreas Spath at aspath@idasa.org.za or 021 467 7606

Parking options:
Street parking in the area is safe and will cost you R4.50 per hour.
Parking garages open to the public in the area include:

  • Plein Park (Plein Street; to get to the entrance, turn off Plein Street into Barrack Street and then into Corporation Street).
  • Mandela Rhodes Place (entrance in Burg Street, off Wale Street)

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Forthcoming event:

Jacana Media invites you to join the Jacana Jamboree at the launch of:

Zimbabwe’s Exodus: Crisis, Migration and Survival edited by Jonathan Crush and Daniel Tevera

The editors will speak at the launch and Jonathan Khumbulani Nkala will perform The Crossing, his one-man play about his journey on foot from a dusty Zimbabwean Village to Cape Town.

The ongoing crisis in Zimbabwe has led to an unprecedented exodus of over a million desperate people from all strata of Zimbabwean society. The Zimbabwean diaspora is now truly global in extent. Yet rather than turning their backs on Zimbabwe, most maintain very close links with the country, returning often and remitting billions of dollars each year. Zimbabwe’s Exodus is written by leading migration scholars, many from the Zimbabwean diaspora. The book explores the relationship between Zimbabwe’s economic and political crisis and migration as a survival strategy. It includes personal stories of ordinary Zimbabweans living and working in other countries, who describe the hostility and xenophobia they often experience.

This solo performance is … as thrilling as it is inspiring, as frightening as it is miraculous … and confronts South Africans with what it is like to live and survive in this country as a refugee.” – Marianne Thamm, Times Live, 10 April 2010.

Wine and snacks will be served.

Date: Wednesday 28 July

Time: 17h30 for 18h00

Venue: Lobby Books, 6 Spin Street, Cape Town

Speakers: Jonathan Crush and Daniel Tevera, with a performance by Jonathan Khumbulani Nkala

RSVP: 021 467 7606; aspath@idasa.org.za; or book on www.strictlytickets.com

This is a Jacana Media, Book Lounge, Cape Times and Equal Education initiave.

Please bring high quality children’s and young adults’ books, in good condition, to donate to Equal Education’s book drive for school libraries. 10% of all Jacana Books sold at the event will also go to Equal Education for their library book drive.

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Past event:

You are invited to:

Chicago’s Art Institute, a lecture by Laura C. Johnson

This lecture will address the history of the famed Art Institute of Chicago beginning with its development on the rubble of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and its early years to conclude with its new (2009) contemporary wing for modern art and a discussion of the design by Italian architect Renzo Piano. Laura Johnson will show the highlights of the collection, including paintings by Grant Wood, Edward Hopper, Marc Chagall, Paul Cezanne and Wassily Kandinsky, as she also emphasizes her favorite works by Chicago-based architect Louis Sullivan, and decorative work by Tiffany, as well as one of her special interests, the art of Vincent van Gogh.

The Director of the Art Institute, James Cuno, has recently published Who Owns Cultural Antiquity? which also will be referred to. Laura will conclude with a brief look at the art in the park program of the City of Chicago and the famous ‘Cloud Gate’ by Anish Kapoor in the Millennium Park with a theatre and bridge designed by Frank Gehry.

Laura C. Johnson is an American professor of art history living in Florence, Italy and working throughout Central Europe. She has studied in Ravenna, Italy and taught classes and lectured in St. Petersburg, Russia and Athens, Greece to adult students who travel with her or through special museum-sponsored art trips. Originally from Chicago, Laura also has lectured for The Art Institute of Chicago’s associates’ and outreach programs. Her passion is modern glass as art and she is currently working on a special exhibition of an art museum’s collection to be shown in Florence in 2012 and hopefully at Iziko South African National Gallery in the near future too.

Date: Monday 26th July 2010

 

Time: 5:30pm

 

Venue: Lobby Books, 6 Spin Street, Cape Town

 

This lecture is presented by the Friends of the South African National Gallery. Please book with the Secretary Lizzie O’Hanlon, 021 467 4662 or sangfriends@iziko.org.za

 

Cost: R30             Students: R20

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Previous event:

An evening with the 2010 Caine Prize winner

You are invited to an evening with Olufemi Terry, the winner of the 2010 Caine Prize for African Writing.

Terry, who hails from Sierra Leone but lives in Cape Town, was awarded Africa’s leading literary award for his story “Stickfighting Days”, published in Chimurenga Vol. 12/13, at a function in the Bodleian Library in Oxford earlier this month.

Olufemi Terry

In announcing the winner, the Economist’s Literary Editor Fiammetta Rocco said: “ambitious, brave and hugely imaginative, Olufemi Terry’s ‘Stickfighting Days’ presents a heroic culture that is Homeric in its scale and conception. The execution of this story is so tight and the presentation so cinematic, it confirms Olufemi Terry as a talent with an enormous future.” Mr Terry will be joined by fellow Capetonian Caine Prize finalist Ken Barris.

The Caine Prize for African Writing is named after the late Sir Michael Caine,
former Chairman of the Booker Prize management committee. It is intended to encourage the recognition of the richness and diversity of African writing in English and is open to writers from anywhere in Africa. Its focus is on the short story, as reflecting the contemporary development of the African story-telling tradition.

Drinks and light snacks will be served.

Date: Thursday 22 July

Time: 5:30 for 6:00pm

Venue: Lobby Books, Cape Town Democracy Center, 6 Spin Street

Contact: Andreas Spath at aspath@idasa.org.za or 021 467 7606

Parking options:
Street parking in the area is safe and will cost you R3.50 per hour.
Parking garages open to the public in the area include:

  • Plein Park (Plein Street; to get to the entrance, turn off Plein Street into Barrack Street and then into Corporation Street).
  • Mandela Rhodes Place (entrance in Burg Street, off Wale Street).

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Tel.: 021 467 7606
E-mail:  aspath@idasa.org.za

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