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Academic Freedom Lecture (Oosthuizen Memorial Lecture)

Date: 24 July 2019 18:00 - 24 July 2019 19:00
Location: Eden Grove Blue
Organiser: Benita Rama (Phone 0466038520)
Event Type: Public Lecture

DCS “Daantjie” Oosthuizen was Professor and Head of the Department of Philosophy at Rhodes from January 1958 until his untimely death at the age of 43 in April 1969. Receiving his initial training in philosophy and theology at the University of Stellenbosch, he read Theology at the Free University in Holland and then at the City University of Amsterdam. He later studied at Oxford University in the UK and at Brown University in the USA.

Obtaining his Doctorate (cum laude) in 1955 he returned to South Africa to become a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of the Orange Free State. He was appointed the Chair of Philosophy at Rhodes in August 1957.

The first DCS Oosthuizen Memorial Lecture was delivered in 1970 by Dr Alan Paton who described Professor Oosthuizen as a champion of truth and justice – “an Afrikaner who was not bound by any shackles of race and group and nation: a South African whose love of his country was deep and loyal, and was surpassed only by his love of mankind: a Chirstian whos love of his church was deep also, and was surpassed only by is love of Christ, and of truth, justice and righteousness.

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