Darwin's Hunch: Science, Race and the Search for Human Origins
In this lecture on 23 March, author Christa Kuljian reviews the history of palaeo-anthropology and genetics over the past century, recounting stories of the search for human origins in South Africa that shed new light on the past.
Harper Lee lecture one year after the author's death
On Sunday 19 February, just after the 6pm news on Fine Music Radio, Professor Lesley Marx presents a lecture on the author Harper Lee, who died one year ago at the age of eighty-nine. Nelle Harper Lee, the celebrated author of To Kill a...
Germany's role during the refugee crisis
Our extension lecture on Tuesday 14 February by Dr Caspar Schauseil offers an objective, politically unbiased view on the key challenges the EU, and Germany in particular, currently face as over a million refugees seek asylum in Europe. Dr...
The LSE-UCT July School offers courses from across the social sciences, all with reference and relevance to Africa today. Participants select one intensive course to study for the two-week programme.
The Keiskamma Art Project by Brenda Schmahmann
On 20 February Professor Brenda Schmahmann, Research Chair in South African Art and Visual Culture at the University of Johannesburg, discusses the Keiskamma Art Project, established in 2000, demonstrating that creativity and imagination can...


Friday, 24 March 2017

My donors have always tended to do much better than expected. Their recovery times have been impressive, and hardly any of them have been classified as ‘agitated,’ even before fourth donation.

From the opening paragraph of Kazuo Ishiguro's award-winning 2005 novel we are gripped by the theme of donation, both as a real medical phenomenon which raises complex ethical questions, and as an exquisite metaphor for life. The book's themes chime in with UCT's Summer School course, Organ donation and transplantation.

Publication Date:
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 09:45

On average, there is one DNA mutation per lung cell for every 50 cigarettes smoked, according to a new analysis. People who smoke a pack of 20 a day for a year generate 150 mutations per lung cell, 97 per larynx cell, 39 per pharynx cell, 18 per bladder cell and six per liver cell. In his Summer School course Tobacco, e-cigarettes and dagga: where there is smoke there is fire  Associate Professor Richard van Zyl-Smit looks into exactly what it is that we do to our bodies when we smoke.


Publication Date:
Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 17:15

Eating insects has long made sense in Africa. The world must catch up.

Eating insects is as old as mankind. Globally, 2 billion people consume insects, a practise known as entomophagy. It is more common in Africa than anywhere else in the world. The continent is home to the richest diversity of edible insects – more than 500 species ranging from caterpillars (Lepidoptera) to termites (Isoptera), locusts, grasshoppers, crickets (Orthoptera), ants and bees (Hymenoptera), bugs (Heteroptera and Homoptera) and beetles (Coleoptera). Read more about this story on The Conversation.

Mike Picker's Summer School course on insects is full booked, but you can join the waiting list for a possible repeat.

Publication Date:
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 14:45
Mud dragon prehistoric bird discovered in China

A November 2016 edition of the journal Nature Scientific Reports tells the story of a new species of winged dinosaur discovered in southern China by construction workers, who almost destroyed it with dynamite. Rare discoveries of fossils like these inspire Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, who will be lecturing on The Curious Lives of the Thunder birds and their Kin at Summer School 2017.

Publication Date:
Monday, November 14, 2016 - 13:15