November 2014 | USA

Francis Wilson USA Legacy Society Lecture Tour
Dinosaurs, Diamonds & Democracy

Tues, 18 November 2014 : Boston
Wed, 19 November 2014 : New York
Thurs, 20 November 2014 : Washington DC

If you are travelling to the States in November, you may want to take in the Legacy Society lecture tour of its President, Emer. Prof. Francis Wilson.


EMER. PROF. FRANCIS WILSON, President of the UCT Legacy Society and well-known to so many, will be conducting a three-city USA tour to meet with alumni and present his engaging lecture on Dinosaurs, Diamonds & Democracy

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Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 - Boston (7.00 – 9.00 pm)
Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 - New York (6.30 – 8.30 pm)
Thursday, November 20th, 2014 – Washington DC (6.30 – 8.30 pm)

An asteroid the size of Table Mountain crashed into what was to become South Africa over 2 billion years ago, marking the spot. The country’s history since then has always been robust and full of energy. Francis Wilson’s Dinosaurs, Diamonds & Democracy takes you in record time from that moment, when the earth’s richest gold reefs were shaped, to the advent of democracy in 1994, another event that stunned the world. Along the way you will encounter some of the most ancient dinosaurs on record, the very first people on the planet, and the first cultures. You will see outsiders moving in to reshape history: hunters and gatherers, cultivators and herders, iron-workers from the north, and immigrants from Europe and Asia. They fought and made peace; they stumbled upon gold and diamonds; they rose to the heights of excellence and sank to the depths of oppression, until on one day they all queued as equals to elect a government. That is the story marked by dinosaurs, diamonds and democracy.

Please save the date! More info on venue etc. to follow soon.

Emer. Professor Francis Wilson has taught for over thirty years in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town where he founded & for many years directed the Southern African Labour & Development Research Unit (Saldru). In 2001 he was also Director of the Data First Resource Unit (For Information Research and Scientific Training).
He is the author of a number of books, chapters, and articles including Labour in the South African Gold Mines (Cambridge, 1972) and, with Mamphela Ramphele, Uprooting Poverty: The South African Challenge (Cape Town &New York, 1989). He is co-editor of Poverty Reduction: What Role for the State in Today’s Globalised Economy? (London, 2001)
He was Chairperson of Council at the University of Fort Hare from 1990-1999 and also first Chairperson, 1996-1999, of the National Water Advisory Council. During part of 2000, 2001 and 2002 he was Visiting Professor in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs at Princeton University. In 2001 he became Chairperson of the International Social Science Council’s Scientific Committee of CROP, the international Comparative Research Program on Poverty. His very popular book Dinosaurs, Diamonds & Democracy launched in 2009 is one of the bestselling books in its genre.
Francis is a person with an incredible general knowledge, wonderful sense of humour and most importantly he is passionate about the future of the University of Cape Town and as President of the UCT Legacy Society have wonderful vision of how the LS could assist in ensuring a secure future for this institution.

The UCT Legacy Society (previously the Heritage Society) is a vehicle specifically designed to recognise those special donors who have made a bequest in their Will to UCT. Emer. Prof. Francis Wilson is the President of the Society and has been travelling South Africa, and now further afield, to offer thanks to our bequest donors. Nevertheless all alumni are welcome to attend these events.

Diane Stafford is available to offer more information on leaving a bequest to UCT in your Will.

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