Humanities Day, 24 October 2018
Posted by: Faculty of Humanities
01 November 2018
Humanities Day 2018 was hosted on 24 October 2018. A total of 89 personnel members turned up for this event. The event started with Prof Vasu Reddy giving a welcome address and sharing some of the many successes of the Faculty during 2018. Prof Stander, Chair: Teaching and Learning, followed with the announcement of the Lecturers of the Year. The joint winners were Heather Thuynsma and Roland Henwood. Both presented a lecture about the Global Classroom initiative. This is a real time engagement across academic, geographical, cultural and language boundaries. It opens a window to a global view and takes our students outside their classroom and their focused academic material. Two teaching merit awards were also given to Prof Alta Kritzinger and Sonja Mostert for outstanding work with their students.
Following the presentations of the Lecturers of the Year, Prof Maxi Schoeman, Deputy-Dean, Postgraduate Studies and Research Ethics, announced the Researcher of the Year and the Emerging Researcher of the Year. The Researcher of the Year was Prof Shakila Dada and she talked about Alternative and Augmentative Communication facilitating the participation of people with significant communication difficulties in society. Dr Ian Macqueen, the Emerging Researcher of the Year spoke about studying South Africa in the 70s and how his research is moving beyond a polarised understanding of Black Consciousness.
Five faculty staff members received the Dean’s Award for outstanding work, namely:
David Kabwa – student award for outstanding work
Daniel Letsoalo – for outstanding work
Prof David Medalie – Supervisor of the Year
Kotie Odendaal – (posthumous) for outstanding work
Dr Mpho Tshivhase - for outstanding work