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Memoirs of Life in South Africa
Conducted in English

South Africa satirist and blogger Ndumisa Ngcobo enjoys stating the ridiculous: "I kinda like white people. In fact, some of my best friends are write." Like all good satire, these two sentences encapsulate the pain, paradoxes, politics, and pleasures of living history in a nation less than twenty years between it and apartheid, one of the most outrightly racist and unjust political systems to arise in the wake of Europe's colonial efforts. Shortly after the end of apartheid in 1994, the South African government established the Truth and Reconciliation commission (TRC). TRC recognized that no segment of South African society was untouched by the human rights abuses that proliferated under apartheid. In this course, we will read official testimonies, memoirs, and blogs by South African writers, activists, leaders, journalists and artists-focusing on subjective, first-person accounts of their nation's living history. Each week's reading will be accompanied by a relevant film documentary, and students will keep weekly blogs of their own, documenting their encounters with South African life, culture, and history.

Watch a documentary made by the students who traveled to South Africa during the January 2012 Intersession



Location: Cape Town, South Africa

NY departure and return dates: January 1-25, 2014

Arrive in Cape Town: January 2nd

Credits: 4 credits total: 3 credits, ENG 162 and 1 credit, HIST 200

Faculty: Dr. Tougaw

Housing: University of Cape Town residence halls

Program Costs

Cost (includes all expenses below except airfare): $3497

CUNY tuition (for in-state, matriculated undergraduates): $980

Travel insurance: $37

Consolidated Fee (housing, field trips and excursions) : $2480

Total cost with airfare: $4997

Airfare: $1500 (estimate)

Additional costs

Minimum budget for meals and personal expenses of $15 to $20 per day (approximately $420 to $560)

Application Deadline: November 4, 2013

Programs are open to all undergraduate students from all CUNY campuses (unless restricted by level of study, language fluency, or other program criteria). Travel on Fridays and some Saturdays for some programs.

Education Abroad Office
Kiely Hall, Room 183
Queens College, CUNY
Flushing, New York 11367-1597 
718-997-5055 (FAX)  
Email: Education Abroad


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