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


‘I perform miracles wherever I am.' Former CEO of the SABC Hlaudi Motsoeneng has caused mirth with pronouncements such as this.  But what type of miracle is it that the SABC really needs? Veteran journalists Pippa Green and John Matisonn will discuss the future of public broadcasting during a lunchtime conversation at Summer School 2017.  

Publication Date:
Friday, November 13, 2015 - 15:15
Large waist

National Obesity Week is commemorated every year from 15 to 19 October to increase awareness about the impact of obesity in the lives of South Africans. Summer School weighs up the problem with a course entitled Obesity in South Africa.

Publication Date:
Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 12:00
Meitjies Verooi

Emeritus Professor Mike de Jongh offers a five-day course that maps the history and contemporary life of the Karrietjie people of the Great Karoo, the Hessequa Khoekhoen of the southern Cape, and the Buyses of the Soutpansberg. 

Publication Date:
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 14:30
Marina Abramović


Penguin Random House have just released a memoir by Marina Abramović, who features in Ian Aaronson's upcoming Summer School course, Who's Afraid of Contemporary Art?  In many ways, performance artist Marina Abramović (b. November 30, 1946) has plotted her trailblazing creative trajectory along the same vector of conviction, using pain — both externally inflicted and self-elected — as a creative medium


Publication Date:
Monday, October 31, 2016 - 15:45