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Title: Transformation and Legitimation in Post-Apartheid Universities
Date: Wed. Oct 19, 2016
Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Dionne Van Reenen visits USF from the University of the Free State (UFS) in South Africa.  Dionne Van Reenen will be discussing her book "Transformation and Legitimation in Post-Apartheid Universities" as well as her work for the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice at UFS in South Africa.

In 2007, the student residences at the University of the Free State (UFS) were still racially segregated some 14 years into democracy in South Africa. In ongoing efforts to transform this historically white, Christian, national, Afrikaans university, the Management at the time had taken a decision in Council to implement a policy from the beginning of 2008 which was to see the end of racial segregation in all residences on campus, of which the President Reitz Bungalows was one. Until 2008, this exclusively white, male residence enjoyed an undisrupted continuance of its long, proud tradition at the UFS. Late in 2007, four students of this residence resolved to take a stand against what was termed (by many conservative university stakeholders at the time) “forced integration”. This protest was recorded in the form of a homemade video which was eventually made public.  

Widespread outrage and conflict ensued and the impact on the university was catastrophic. This study makes use of stakeholder interviews, media reports and papers on the subject of ‘Reitz’ in order to make some sense of the content and context of the video and why its impact on higher education transformation in South Africa was so significant.       

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