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As part of its 2017 Great Texts/Big Questions lecture series, and its current focus on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) presents renowned psychologist and conflict mediator Nomfundo Walaza on Tuesday 25 April.

Walaza’s lecture will look at the psychological impact of the TRC, as well as the psychological implications of the Rhodes Must Fall and Fees Must Fall Movements. In addition, Walaza probes what lessons are to be learnt from the TRC and, how these can influence university/national strategies so that discussions around reconciliation are cognisant of the fact that without redress, reconciliation is impossible. As UCT’s IRTC unfolds, how do we deal with the material realities of tuition fees, economic inequalities etc? Nomfundo Walaza is Executive Director of PeaceSystems, a civil society organisation that supports the development of sustainable institutions and systems that prevent, manage and resolve conflict in African societies. Walaza was Chief Executive Officer of the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre from 2007–2013, and Executive Director of the Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture from 1996–2005. Professionally, Walaza is a clinical psychologist with over twenty years’ experience in trauma management, peace building, and conflict mediation and transformation. She is a dialogues facilitator and played an integral role in the mediation processes during the 2016 students protests at UCT. Having worked closely with South Africa’s TRC, and provided psychological services to the victims and survivors who appeared before its hearings, she brings a wealth of reflection and experience to this topic.

The lecture, followed by an open question and answer session, will take place from 6–7:30pm on Tuesday 25 April 2017 in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Old Medical School Building, UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31 – 37 Orange Street, Cape Town.

Refreshments will be served from 5:30pm. RSVP at ica@uct.ac.za.

For more information, contact the ICA office +27 21 650 7156 | ica@uct.ac.za or Rabbit in a Hat Communications +27 21 300 0052 | sascha@rabbitinahat.co.za | tammy@rabbitinahat.co.za.

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