Posts Categorized: History

Orientation to South Africa

The first two weeks of our program were incredible, but also, at times, emotionally heavy. Even in the first couple of days we jumped right in, as we quickly began to get exposure to the history of South Africa more in depth. We visited the Apartheid museum in Johannesburg, which gave us amazing insight into… Read more »

Settling in, but seeing new places

We have finally settled in at Stellenbosch for a few weeks, and we have begun to get into a routine. As someone studying Industrial Engineering at Northwestern, our classes have exposed me to a lot of new content, especially pertaining to global health and biomedical engineering. In addition to classes about technology, a large component… Read more »

Racism in Post-Apartheid South Africa

In 1994, South Africa officially ended apartheid, a period of segregation, violence, and discrimination on the basis of race. It is what Mandela and thousands of activists fought bravely against whilst enduring unfair imprisonment, torture, and even death. It has now been a little over 20 years since the end of such atrocities, but the… Read more »

Justice Under a Tree

Upon arriving to Johannesburg, I could feel an immediate difference in the atmosphere of the city. While Cape Town felt more California-esque, Johannesburg felt more like the bustling cities of Chicago and New York City back home in the US. Endless mountains were replaced with a skyline filled with towers – although it has nothing… Read more »

#OPENSTELLENBOSCH… but is it actually closed?

On one of our museum trips, we watched a short documentary about the Soweto Uprising. We had the opportunity to watch real footage of students protesting a mandate from the apartheid government that instruction in Soweto schools be given in Afrikaans — in a community where Afrikaans was not predominantly spoken. Language in this case… Read more »

Feeling Otherness & Other Things

Long time, no blog! I want to apologize for not keeping up with this blog during my actual time on the program. If anything, I suppose we can interpret my failure to post a blog as a testament to South Africa’s ability to keep me busy. So much has happened, and I will try to… Read more »

Revelations in the Museum

Rebekah Williams, Public Health and Development in South Africa, Spring 2014 We’ve been quite busy here finishing up exams (yes those do in fact actually exist here). But before our exam season started we traveled to Johannesburg for a four-day trip before flying to Kruger. To be quite honest our time in JoBurg wasn’t filled… Read more »

A Black and White Divide

Lily Zhou, Public Health and Development in South Africa, Spring 2013 “What are the stereotypes about Americans?” we asked our tour guide. “You stereotype Africa as a homogeneous place,” he laughed, “you think it is a country.” As embarrassing as this accusation was, it’s true in varying gradients. Some of my friends from home have… Read more »