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Successful kick-off event for the Tutu Centre's roundtable series

Africa roundtable Friday 8 February 2013

The Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies hosted its first roundtable. Entitled "South Africa in Transition – Dealing with the Past", experts discussed the difficult legacy of the Apartheid era for the present South African society and ways to tackle societal gaps and grievances. 

Director of the Tutu Centre, Dr Stefanie Kappler, opened the debate with her views on the struggles and creativity of the South African society. Dr Michael Holmes, Dr Kate Flynn and Jessica Hill, a first-year student with lots of real-life experience, also gave interesting insights into the political and social environment in South Africa. We were especially delighted to welcome Prof Gerald Pillay to our roundtable, an expert not just in academic terms, but with a lot of first-hand experience as well.  The event was moderated by Dr Bryce Evans.

After short statements and a discussion among the members of the expert panel, Dr Evans opened the debate to the audience. The more than 40 participants engaged in a lively debate and contributed real-life as well as academic expertise. The motivating debate was continued after the roundtable with refreshments in a warm and friendly atmosphere. 

We would like to thank all the speakers and guests that helped making this event a success and look forward having the second roundtable of our series on Sri Lanka in April.