Discussion of book by Jonathan Jansen

ON Thursday 27 July,the NRF Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy and the UJ LIbrary, in partnership with NB Publishers, hosted a discussion with Professor Jonathan Jansen about his book entitled As by Fire: The End of the South African University.

The discussion was facilitated by Prof Chris Landsberg, holder of the NRF Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy.

Prof Jansen is a leading South Adrican educationalist and commentator and the author of several books, including the best-selling Letters to My Children. He is a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State ,where he earned a reputation for transformation and a deep commiment to reconciliation.


What are the real roots of the student protests of 2015 and 2016? Is it actually about fees? Why did so many protests turn violent? Where is the government while the buildings burn, and do the students know how to end the protests?

Former Free State University Vice Chancellor Jonathan Jansen delves into the unprecedented disruption of universities that caught South Africa by surprise. I n frank interviews with elevent of the VCs most affected, he examines the forces at work, why the protests escalate into chaos, and what is driving – and exasperating – our youth. This urgent and necessary book gives us an insider view of the crisis, tells us why the conflict will not go away, and what this means for the future of our universities.

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