Noble Prize winner Nadine Gordimer at the University Of The Free State
Renowned writer and Nobel Prize winner Nadine Gordimer has lauded the University Of The Free State for its efforts at reconciliation, highlighting several initiatives the university has put in place over the last few years.
She delivered the inaugural Reconciliation Lecture on the Bloemfontein Campus, and was introduced as “champion of human oneness” by Prof. Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Senior Research Professor on Trauma, Forgiveness and Reconciliation, who also referred to Gordimer as “the living expression of the power of critical consciousness”.
In a message addressed at students, her lecture touched on topics of race, reconciliation, freedom of expression, education, inequality and poverty.
The Nobel laureate also warned students of threats facing South Africa’s future.
“What is your reaction, then, to the Protection of State Information Act, the Secrecy Act that has been droped on our heads? The Secrecy Act means that we the people are not allowed to know the facts about our own country. Know how our society, our population is manoeuvred by those entrusted and empowered by our votes.”
The inaugural lecture was hosted by the Vice-Chancellor and Rector, Prof. Jonathan Jansen, and the Rectorate, with the support of the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice and Prof. Gobodo-Madikizela.
It was like touching gold.