This lecture by Dr Robin Catchpole of the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge University, takes place on Thursday 15 June.
Henry Morton Stanley
By charting the Congo River, H.M. Stanley uncovered an economic rationale for Europeans to colonise Africa. Tim Butcher examines the journey that fired the starting gun for The Scramble for Africa. Saturday 5 August 4.00–6.00 pm. COURSE FEES...
Winter School 2017
Don't miss out on Winter School 2017, a brand new offering from Extra-Mural Studies. Over forty lecturers present the latest research on genetics, healthy ageing, archaeology and astronomy. Questions are asked and answered: How can tree...
Learn how to identify trees at Winter School
How can tree identification be made easier for ordinary people who do not have access to flowers and microscopes, tree DNA and/or herbaria? Professor Eugene Moll shares some tips and tricks.
Roger Smith holding whaitsid therocephalian from Badshoek
Earliest tetrapods in Gondwana
What were the earliest terrestrial vertebrates in the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana? What could they tell us about the evolution of life on land? Find out what a multinational team of palaeontologists discovered in the Huab river valley ...


Friday, 23 June 2017
Recording angels of a tragically divided society

The Times Literary Supplement has hailed Professor Andrew Banks's new book, Pioneers of the Field: South Africa's Women Anthropologists, for evoking 'that remarkable cohort with insight and empathy: career women in a patriarchal world, social critics in a conservative setting, liberals among racists, recording angels of a tragically divided society.' Professor Banks will share his research at Winter School 2017.

Publication Date:
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 10:30
Birds, binoculars and biodiversity

Winter School lecturer and ornithologist Professor Peter Ryan leads a field at UCT that was recently ranked third in the world.  “I think most good ornithologists start out as kids,” Ryan told UCT News in an interview published today.

Publication Date:
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 16:15
Dark Matter an artist's impression
School's in for the winter

Much like UCT’S popular Summer School, the inaugural Winter School aims to open up the wealth of knowledge housed within the university to as wide an audience as possible.

This new public education programme from the Centre for Extra-Mural Studies (EMS) caters to a variety of interests – all the way from literature to finance – in over 40 lectures between 5 and 12 August.

Publication Date:
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 16:00
Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize acceptance speech

As with most things involving Bob Dylan, the publication of his Nobel Prize acceptance speech came out of the blue and minus much fanfare. It was uploaded to YouTube -- with piano accompaniment! -- and that's pretty much it.

Publication Date:
Monday, June 12, 2017 - 12:45