South Africa: Colonialism, Apartheid, Freedom | Newberry

South Africa: Colonialism, Apartheid, Freedom

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

The Newberry

Dr. Amy Settergren, Northwestern University
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

South African history did not begin when Jan van Riebeeck set up a refreshment station on the Cape of Good Hope in 1652; Africans had been living in the area for centuries. However, that historical moment marked the beginning of over 350 years of European settlement, expropriation, and conquest. This seminar will examine the long sweep of South African history, paying particular attention to the interactions between and among African peoples and societies; Dutch settlers and British colonialists. We will consider the roots of racial segregation, the formalization of apartheid in 1948, and African resistance to, and ultimate victory over, the racist regime. We will conclude by discussing South Africa today, and what extent the promise of freedom and the vanquishing of apartheid’s legacy has been realized.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 6, 2017. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.