Hello, and welcome to our digital collective ethnographic journal chronicling our Spring 2013 Study-Abroad class from the University of Louisville in Kentucky-USA. This trip to Cape Town, South Africa is a follow-up to a 4-month university seminar comparing U.S. and South African histories connected to race, gender and social justice.
My name is Cate Fosl and I am an associate professor of Women's and Gender Studies and an associate in History. My field is women in post-WW2 social movements. I am also the director of the University of Louisville's Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research.
Eight graduate and undergraduate students and I have embarked on this field study to look at the history of apartheid and the fight to end it in relation to the African American freedom movement. On this trip we are visiting historic sites connected to the struggle against apartheid, doing some oral histories with anti-apartheid freedom fighters and meeting cultural activists in the post-apartheid era.
Organizations we have worked with or met with include the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, TSiBA Education, Human Rights Media Centre, Engender, Women's Legal Centre, and Womanspirit. Please take a look at our experiences and reflections!
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