South Africa and Kentucky: Different Lands, Common Ground

<p>There are going to be a lot of opportunities to foster international understanding this year. &quot;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.as.uky.edu/news_events/events/Pages/Kentucky%20South%20Africa... Africa &amp; Kentucky: Different Lands, Common Ground</a>,&quot; will provide the campus community as well as the general public with a closer look at the two societies&rsquo; rich histories and present-day conditions. The South Africa and Kentucky program covers topics across disciplines and formats: there will be a series of films shown, book reading groups, lectures and other presentations are slated for the&nbsp;2010-2011 academic year, in addition to a <a target="_blank" href="http://southafricakentucky.wordpress.com/">course</a> on South Africa and Kentucky.</p>
<p>The connections between South African history and the history of Kentucky&nbsp;will be explored throughout the coming year. South Africa has undergone one of the largest and most recent revolutions in our time. During this academic year, some of South Africa&rsquo;s greatest social and political heroes will come to campus to interact with our students, faculty, staff, alumni and community.</p>
<p>Through my academic research, I have had the honor of becoming acquainted with many of the leaders in South Africa along the way, which helped catalyze UK's &quot;South Africa &amp; Kentucky&quot; efforts.&nbsp;Some of those whom I&nbsp;have encountered in my studies will be joining us in Lexington to educate and inform the community and campus.</p>
<p>My academic work has focused on the role of technology in democracy and political movements.&nbsp; Through this work, I have been fortunate enough to meet many of the people at the forefront of change in a country that has re-defined itself. Many of these individuals not only served time in prison for their beliefs in equality, but have since worked closely with Nelson Mandela on building a new South Africa.</p>
<p>This is a tremendous opportunity for Kentucky. We're going to be a part of the international conversation.</p>
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