Protests and its power highlighted at public lecture

​Protesters in the Middle East made history in 2011 when they toppled dictators who had been entrenched for decades. As the world economy worsened, the wave of demonstrations spread to Europe and the United States.​​


From Tunisia to Egypt, from Athens to Madrid, from Zuccotti Park to London’s financial district, protesters came out en masse, calling for an end to inequality and for government leaders to be held accountable. Specific demands varied, but one thing was universal: a new conviction that the masses can bring about change.

Professor Anya Schiffrin-Stiglitz, renowned journalist and director of the media and communications program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, stated that world history is marked by pivotal years that have profoundly altered its course, when she delivered a public lecture, hosted by the University’s Faculty of Humanities entitled The global protests of 2011 – What can we expect in 2012?.

“Although only time will tell whether 2012 will be such a year, the recent protest movements have undeniably given shape and spirit to a new global community,” said Prof Schiffrin-Stiglitz.

Article by: Kalucia Pillay and Natie David Shabangu, 3rd year Public Relations students, UJ.

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