When Jacob Zuma goes, what will be left behind? In a Winter School lecture, Ralph Mathekga sketches the scenarios of Zuma’s going, and its impact.
Attend single lectures at Winter School
If you're too busy to attend a full course at our August Winter School, why not attend single lectures on an ad hoc basis,paying R100 or R50 (if you qualify for a reduced fee) at the door? Topics covered range from Shakespeare plays to the history...
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...
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.
Dylan and Cohen
World's best songwriters unpacked
Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan tower over most singer/songwriters and have created very partisan followers. Associate Professor Lesley Marx is not concerned with value judgements, but to explore what Cohen and Dylan share, notably the wide range of...


Wednesday, 16 August 2017
Peter Ryan lectures on birds and the Antarctic at Winter School

Professor Peter Ryan of the Fitzpatrick Institute of Ornithology, who has recently returned from the Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE), one of the biggest and most ambitious scientific expeditions in history, will talk about seabirds and his experiences in the Antarctic in a Winter School course entitled A Birder's Perspective on the Antarctic.

Publication Date:
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 15:00
Edible insects

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
Extraordinary ancestors of modern birds: unearthing a mud dragon 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
Svetlana Alexievich
Summer School Book Club: The Bolshevik Revolution


Svetlana Alexievich, who won the 2015 Nobel Prize for literature for her book Second-Hand Time, described by the judges as “a monument to suffering and courage in our time”, has been shortlisted for the £30,000 Baillie Gifford prize for non-fiction. Alexievich’s study of life in the Soviet Union just before the system collapsed will be of interest to the many participants enrolling for Ten Days and a Hundred Years: The Long Shadow of the Bolshevik Revolution.

Publication Date:
Monday, November 7, 2016 - 12:30