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UJ to Host Second Annual Shireen Abu Akleh Memorial Lecture

ATTENTION: News editors and reporters

Media Invitation

The University of Johannesburg is proud to announce the hosting of the second annual Shireen Abu Akleh Memorial Lecture. The lecture, convened by the Faculty of Humanities, will take place under the theme: “The Responsibility of the Academy in a Time of Genocide.”

The lecture aims to honour the memory of Shireen Abu Akleh, a renowned Palestinian journalist who was killed by the Israeli armed forces amid the ongoing Palestine-Israeli conflict. Dr Naledi Pandor, the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation in South Africa, will deliver a keynote address. Dr. Pandor’s insights into the role and responsibilities of academic institutions in conflict-riven countries with rising levels of genocide will provide invaluable perspectives  into the crisis.

Joining Dr. Pandor as honored guests and speakers are distinguished dignitaries including Mr. Ronnie Kasrils, former Minister of Intelligence in South Africa, and Mr. Zane Dangor, Director-General of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation. Their contributions to the dialogue on humanitarian crises and the role of academia will enrich the discourse.

The Palestinian delegation will be represented by esteemed individuals, including Professor Samia Botmeh, Vice President of Community Affairs at Birzeit University, and Advocate Dian Buttu, Palestinian-Canadian Lawyer and former spokesperson of the Palestine Liberation Organisation. Their presence underscores the global significance of the lecture and highlights the importance of international solidarity in addressing genocide.

Event Details:

Date: May 8, 2024
Time: 14:00 – 16:30
Venue: UJ Auckland Park Campus library, level 6

Members of the media are invited to attend this lecture. Please RSVP to me by 7 May 2024, midday (12pm). RSVPs are essential as space is limited. Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions.

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