Odyssey: South Africa – The Rainbow Nation?

Cry, the Beloved Country was written by Alan Paton in 1948, some 70 years ago, yet it probably still remains the classic description of a splendid but troubled land. Of the people who have traveled to South Africa, one hears stories of grandeur, exotic wildlife, beautiful flora and fauna, and vibrant cities, but few relate the extreme poverty of the disadvantaged population. Yes, one parliamentary government for all the peoples of South Africa has now been in place for 23 years, but economic and political barriers remain. Is there truly a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? From this perspective, we examine South Africa on a number of levels. We are honored by the participation of our guest speaker, Professor Michael Higginbotham, Constitutional Law Scholar at the University of Baltimore School of Law, who witnessed and was instrumental in the development of South Africa's new constitution for a true Rainbow Nation.

For titles and descriptions of the five classes and of the lecturers, see the Odyssey fall catalog.

910.794.01 Homewood campus Mondays, Oct. 16 to Nov. 13, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Cost: $128

Full-time JHU faculty/staff and spouses/same-sex domestic partners are eligible for tuition remission. You will be unable to register online and receive the discount. For more information, contact 410-516-8516.