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Gandhi Square

Johannesburg is much much more than the neighborhood of Hillbrow! Gandhi Square is a plaza located in the Central Business District of Johannesburg.
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The Music of Stimela

Mpe makes several references to the South African musical group Stimela and their songs “The World through the Eyes of a Child” and “Fountains...
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The Underlying Theme of Violence in Mpe’s Novel

One of the underlying themes of Mpe’s novel is that of urban violence. The acts of violence are pervasive throughout the book. Much like...
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An Interview with Milly Summersgill

An interview with former Hillbrow resident, Milly Summersgill.  Ms. Summersgill moved into Hillbrow in the 1990’s. It was her very first apartment in Johannesburg,...
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Welcome to Our Hillbrow

Hillbrow is a residential suburb of Johannesburg, or what we would call an inner city neighborhood. The neighborhood of Hillbrow is also the focus...
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Greetings from Johannesburg, South Africa!

    Hello, my name is Erik Ponder and I will be your guide as we read and explore contemporary South African literature, culture,...
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Project Kickoff

      Northwestern University Libraries hosted Evanston Township High School teacher Aaron Becker and 35 of his World History and Social Studies students...
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