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Nov. 3, 2005

Geographer To Speak About Post-Apartheid South Africa Nov. 5, 7, 8

Geographer Brij Maharaj will give three public lectures on issues affecting post-Apartheid South Africa during a Nov. 5-8 visit to the University of Iowa. The first two lectures -- hosted by the UI African Studies Program, the sponsor of  Maharaj's UI visit -- are free. The third lecture, hosted by the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council, requires registration.

On Saturday, Nov. 5, Maharaj will speak on "Control, Exclusion, Expansion: Undocumented Migration in Post-Apartheid South Africa," at 9 a.m. in the Iowa Room in the Iowa Memorial Union. His second lecture, "Social Justice in Post-Apartheid South Africa," begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, in Room 2229, Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences. For more information on the Nov. 5 and Nov. 7 lectures, the UI African Studies Program or to arrange for special accommodations to attend these first two lectures, please contact Rex Honey at or 319-335-0154.

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, Maharaj will present "Social Justice in Post-Apartheid South Africa," to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council from noon to 1 p.m. in the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congressional Church, 30 N. Clinton St in Iowa City. Reservations are $7 for members and $8.50 for non-members and should be received by noon, Friday, Nov. 4 at: ICFRC, 140 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242-1802. For more information on the luncheon talk, the ICFRC or special accommodations to attend this lunch, please contact Tom Baldridge at or 319-335-0351. This event is co-sponsored by the council and UI International Programs with support from Hills Bank & Trust Co. and BDF Investments.

Those unable to attend the ICFRC luncheon can catch the presentation on WSUI-AM, which will broadcast it on Wednesday, Nov. 9, following the noon news.

Maharaj, a professor in the Department of Geography at KwaZulu-Natal University in Pietermaritsberg, South Africa, is the current president of the Society of South African Geographers. He is one of South Africa's premier scholars in the areas of geography of social justice and geography of public policy. His doctoral dissertation examined the role played by the state in the creation of an urban social environment, focusing particularly on the Group Areas Act in Durban. He is currently researching land reform and reparation, inner city decay and urban renewal.

The African Studies Program, a constituent program of the University of Iowa International Programs, was established in 1979 to promote the interdisciplinary study of Africa at the University of Iowa. It helps students gain a broader understanding of traditional and contemporary life in Africa and provides an environment of cooperation and collaboration among students and faculty that leads to increased opportunities for research and teaching.

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean of International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, Program: African Studies Program: Rex Honey, 319-335-0154,; ICFRC: Tom Baldridge, 319-335-0351,; Writer: Po Li Loo