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Prof Earl Lewis visits Rhodes University

Date Released: Fri, 12 July 2013 13:11 +0200

Professor Earl Lewis, President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, visited the School of Journalism and Media Studies on 20 June, where he spent the morning with Mellon-funded area projects at Rhodes University. Representatives from English, Fine Art, Psychology, Philosophy, and the School of Journalism met with Lewis in the tearoom of the African Media Matrix. The Mellon Foundation is a unique organisation that pours resources into the humanities, liberal arts programmes and higher education. Lewis also visited other South African universities where Mellon provides resources.

After the morning’s meeting Lewis presented a talk to faculty members at Rhodes University about affirmative action in American universities. Professor Lewis is the former Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of History and African American Studies at Emory University.

‌Photograph by Stephané Meintjes

From left to right: Mvuzo Ponono (MA student), Dr Vanessa Malila (post-doctoral research Fellow), Professor Earl Lewis (President of Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), Professor Herman Wasserman (co-director of Mellon-funded research project and Deputy Head of School), Professor Anthea Garman (co-director of Mellon-funded research project and teacher in the School), and Stephané Meintjes (MA student).

Absent: Azwi Mufamadi (MA student) and Marietjie Oelofsen (PhD student)