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South African university leader to speak about post-Apartheid educational
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The South African education system has seen major
changes in the years since the end of that country's systematic discrimination
against its black citizens.
Ahmed Bawa, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Natal at
Durban, has been on the cutting edge of that change as a leader of a previously
whites-only university. He will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations
Council Friday, Sept. 18 about "Education as the Key to Democracy
in the New South Africa." The program begins at noon in the Fellowship
Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City, and is
open to the public.
Bawa is visiting Iowa City as a participant in the United States Information
Agency's International Visitor Program. In nominating him for the program,
officials at the American embassy in Pretoria wrote, "Local university
authorities consider Professor Bawa to be the best manager of university
education in the province of Kwazulu-Natal, and he is well-positioned,
academically and politically, to influence national policy and the implementation
of the democratic process in South Africa's educational system."
Bawa's lecture to the ICFRC is a "soup seminar" with soup,
salad, and bread from the New Pioneer Co-op. Reservations are $4.50 for
ICFRC members and $5.50 for non-members and guests and must be received
in the ICFRC office by Wednesday, Sept. 16. Checks may be written to the
Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and mailed to ICFRC, 120 International
Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802. For more information, call ICFRC Executive
Director Tom Baldridge at 335-0351. They are unable to take reservations
by telephone but last minute adjustments may be made.
For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program Monday,
Sept. 21, following the noon news.
The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council is a non-profit association
of community and university people interested in learning more about U.S.
foreign policy, world affairs and current global issues impacting world
societies. The group provides members with the opportunity to hear more
than 35 experts per year who visit the UI campus and the Iowa City/Cedar
ICFRC is part of UI International Programs, which consists of a number
of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects
and services. Organized under the Associate Provost and Dean for International
Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and
community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.