My colleagues and I often care for patients suffering from hallucinations, prophesying, and claiming to speak with God, among other symptoms—in mental health care, it’s sometimes very difficult to tell apart religious belief from mental illness…. Our conclusions frequently stem from the behaviors we see before us. Take an example of a man who walks into an emergency department, mumbling incoherently. He says he’s hearing voices in his head, but insists there’s nothing wrong with him. He hasn’t used any drugs or alcohol. If he were to be evaluated by mental health professionals, there’s a good chance he might be diagnosed with a psychotic disorder like schizophrenia. But what if that same man were deeply religious? What if his incomprehensible language was speaking in tongues?
Issues of race and transformation of legal education is the focus of a programme to be hosted at the University of Cape Town on Saturday January 23rd, 2016. This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited and an RSVP is recommended.
The first panel, entitled Race, Law and Transformation, will examine the issues of race and the unfinished business of transformation as articulated in the South African constitution. The panelists will address these issues against the backdrop of widespread protests in South Africa in the past few years linked to service delivery and other issues, as well as the widespread student protests at the University of Cape Town and elsewhere. Panelists include University of Cape Town Professors Waheeda Amien and Pierre de Vos, University of the Witwatersrand Professors Achille Mbembe and Ntombizozuko Dyani-Mhango, and Professor Kendall Thomas of Columbia Law School. The panel will be moderated by Judge Shehnaz Meer, Acting Judge President of the Land Claims Court.
The second panel, entitled Transformation of Legal Education will address the possibilities and limitations of the law school curriculum and law school pedagogy. It will seek to challenge historical and contemporary approaches to the training of legal professionals, to address the question whether law schools are in fact giving voice to the transformative potential of the constitution. Panelists include Professor Managay Reddi, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Judge Dennis Davis, Cape High Court, Professor Lesley Greenbaum, University of Cape Town Faculty of Law, Professor Geo Quinot, University of Stellenbosch Faculty of Law, and Mr. Joel Modiri, University of Pretoria Faculty of Law. The panel will be moderated by Professor Bernard Martin, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of the Western Cape.
The event is the initiative of the incoming Dean of the Faculty of Law, Professor Penelope Andrews, and will take place at the Kramer School of Law, Middle Campus, University of Cape Town, from 9.00 a.m. to 1.15 p.m. with a refreshment break at 11.00 a.m. Please RSVP toPauline.Alexander@uct.ac.zaBACK TO TOP