Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from Prof Jonathan Jansen and Justice Malala
Professor Jonathan Jansen resigned as Vice Chancellor and Rector of the University of the Free State in 2016 and then then spent a year as Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.
Prof. Jansen holds a PhD from Stanford University, the MS degree from Cornell University, and honorary doctorates of education from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) and Cleveland State University (USA). He is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association and a Fellow of the Academy of Science of the Developing World.
His book ‘Knowledge in the Blood: Confronting Race and the Apartheid Past’ was listed as one of the best books of that year by the American Libraries Association. His book, Schools that Work, uses video-documentaries to capture what happens inside disadvantaged schools which nevertheless produce the best results in physical science and mathematics in South Africa; this book has been sent to every high school in the country.
He also writes popular books like Great South African Teachers (with two students), We need to talk, and We need to act (2013); and is a columnist for The Times. In 2013 he was awarded the Education Africa Lifetime Achiever Award in New York and the Spendlove Award from the University of California for his contributions to tolerance, democracy and human rights. In May 2014 he received an honorary doctor of letters degree at the University of Vermont and recently Knowledge in the Blood also won the Nayef Al Rodhan Prize, the largest award from the British Academy for the Social Science and Humanities, for its contribution to scholarly excellence and transcultural understanding.
His latest book, Leading for Change: race, intimacy and leadership on divided university campuses, was highly acclaimed and ‘Song for Sarah: Lessons from My Mother’ “is the closest that I will get to a memoir for many years. I’m too young for that. I’m not event 60 yet and I still want to do a whole lot of stuff,” he says.
Professor Jansen has written 20 books and plans another 23 at least.
Justice Malala is a renowned political commentator, newspaper columnist and best-selling author. Malala writes regular weekly columns for The Times newspaper and the Financial Mail magazine and a monthly column for DestinyMan magazine. He is the resident political analyst for e.tv and eNews Channel Africa. He also presents a weekly political talk show (The Justice Factor on eNCA, Mondays at 9.30pm).
His latest book, We Have Now Begun Our Descent, reached number one on the South African best-seller lists in late 2015/2016 and was nominated as one of the top five non-fiction books of 2015 by the Jenny Crwys-Williams Book Club.
Between 2007 and September 2011 Malala was general manager of Avusa Media (now Times Media Group)’s stable of 44 magazines and, following that, general manager of the Sowetan and Sunday World newspapers.
Malala is a regular contributor to the Guardian in London and his work has been published internationally in newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Telegraph, The Independent, Forbes, Institutional Investor, The Age, The Observer and the Toronto Globe and Mail. He has also contributed to BBC Online and Deutsche Welle.
He has given talks and rendered political advisory to international and local institutions such as JP Morgan, Liberty, Lehman Brothers, Old Mutual, Investec, Edcon, Nedbank and many others.
Malala is a judge on the country’s most prestigious investigative journalism award, the Taco Kuiper Awards for Investigative Journalism. He was awarded the Foreign Correspondents Association Award for Courageous Journalism in 1997. He was named by the New Yorker magazine as one of the eight most fascinating Africans of 2012 along with Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Malawian president Joyce Banda.
Malala was founding editor of ThisDay, the quality, upmarket South African daily newspaper which was launched on October 7 2003 and folded a year later. Malala was an executive producer on Hard Copy I and II, a ground-breaking television series on SABC3. Hard Copy I won the Golden Horn Award for best television series.
Malala was the London Correspondent of the Sunday Times (South Africa) from 1999 to 2001. He was the newspaper’s New York correspondent from 2001 to December 2002. His collection of satirical Financial Mail columns, Let Them Eat Cake, is also available at all good bookshops.