The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College hosted a two-day conference marking the 20th anniversary of the end of Apartheid and the establishment of South Africa’s constitutional democracy. The conference considered the last 20 years and issues facing South Africa today including human rights, governance, politics, economic development and inequality, social movements, identity, and international relations.

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Day 1 – Thursday, September 18th, 2014, 5:30 pm

5:30 pm

Welcoming Remarks

Jennifer J. Raab, President of Hunter College

Introductory Remarks 

David Dinkins, Former Mayor of New York City (1990-1993)

Conference Introduction

Larry Shore, Professor of Film & Media Studies, Hunter College

6:00 pm

Panel I – Contemporary Social Movements
Moderator: Ida Susser, Professor of Anthropology, Hunter College
  • Patrick Bond, Director of the Centre for Civil Society, University of KwaZulu Natal
  • Kate Doyle Griffiths-Dingani, PhD Candidate in Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center
  • Suren Pillay, Associate Professor and Senior Researcher at the Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape
  • Nomazamo Zondo, Attorney, Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI)
7:30 pm 

Day 2 – Friday, September 19th, 2014, 9:00 am 

9:00 am

9:30 am
Welcoming Remarks
Lawrence Moss, Distinguished Lecturer and Rita E. Hauser Director of the Human Rights Program, Hunter College

9:30 am
Panel II – Citizenship, Youth, & Identity

Moderator: Sean Jacobs, Assistant Professor of International Affairs, The New School
  • Hlonipha Mokoena, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University
  • Ronaldah Lerato Karabo Ngidi, Attorney at the Centre for Child Law, University of Pretoria
  • Mandisa Shandu, Human Rights Attorney, Ndifuna Ukwazi (NU)
  • Antina von Schnitzler, Assistant Professor in the Graduate Program of International Affairs, The New School; Visiting Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame

11:20 am

Panel III – Politics & Democracy

Moderator: Carolyn Somerville, Professor of Political Science, Hunter College


  • Lisa Draga, Attorney, Equal Education Law Centre (EELC)
  • Sayi Nindi, Attorney, Legal Resources Centre (LRC)
  • Ted Powers, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Iowa
  • Larry Shore, Professor of Film & Media Studies, Hunter College

12:50 pm


2:00 pm

Panel IV – South Africa as a Beacon for Human Rights?

Moderator: Lawrence Moss, Director of the Human Rights Program, Hunter College


  • Peggy Hicks, Global Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch
  • Fiyola Hoosen-Steele, Adjunct Associate Professor, Human Rights Program, Hunter College
  • Wayne Ncube, Candidate Attorney, Johannesburg Office & Law Clinic, Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR)
  • Graeme Reid, Director of the LGBT Rights Program, Human Rights Watch

3:45 pm

Plenary Session – After Twenty Years: The Way Forward

Moderator: Donna Katzin, Executive Director, Shared Interest


  • Ahmed Bawa, Vice-Chancellor & Principal, Durban University of Technology
  • Bill Freund, Professor of Economic History (Emeritus), University of KwaZulu Natal; Editorial Board, Transformation
  • Janet Love, National Director, Legal Resources Centre; Commissioner, South African Human Rights Commission
  • Lungisile Ntsebeza, Professor of Sociology, University of Cape Town
5:15 pm
Closing remarks
Jack Rosenthal, Interim Director, Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College



Planning Committee:
Larry Shore, Hunter Film & Media Studies Department
Ida Susser, Hunter Department of Anthropology
Carolyn Somerville, Hunter Department of Political Science
Lawrence Moss, Hunter Human Rights ProgramAdvisory Committee:
Robert Gordon, Univ. of Vermont and Univ. of the Free State
Rob Jenkins, Hunter Department of Political Science
Donna Katzin, Shared Interest
Robert Bank, American Jewish World Service
Harvey Dale, NYU Law School
Richard Goldstone, Stanford University

Sponsored by:
Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College
Hunter Human Rights Program

Steffan Horowitz, Conference Coordinator


Academic Conference – “South Africa: Twenty Years After Apartheid” | Posted on August 11th, 2014 | Human Rights Program Events, Public Programs