Great Texts / Big Questions with Pippa Green

19 Apr 2017 - 15:15

As part of its 2017 Great Texts / Big Questions lecture series, and its current focus on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the ICA proudly presents renowned journalist Pippa Green,

Green will present History for the Future: The Resonance of the TRC Today.

2016 marked the twentieth anniversary of the first Human Rights Violations Hearings of the TRC. It was a year when the country seemed to assess to what extent we had achieved reconciliation in the wake of widespread student protests, increasing reports of corruption, and poor governance. What did the TRC teach us about the past and the future? What did it teach us about accountability? And how relevant are those lessons today? This talk will be based on a series of podcasts which Green did for Primedia (produced by Jeanne Michel) where she interviewed 13 of the former TRC commissioners. The podcasts can be found at

Pippa Green is a journalist who works at Research Project on Employment, Income Distribution and Inclusive Growth (REDI), which is based at SALDRU, UCT. She also works part-time for EWN in the Cape Talk office. Prior to this, she was Head of the Journalism Programme at the University of Pretoria. She is the author of Choice, not Fate: The Life and Times of Trevor Manuel, which was shortlisted for the Alan Paton Award in 2009. Green has published in a number of magazines and newspapers in South Africa and the United States, and held senior editorial positions on newspapers and in radio news. Among her awards, she was the recipient of a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, and was Ferris Visiting Professor of Journalism at Princeton University.

The lecture on 19 April, will be followed by an open question and answer session, from 6pm in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Old Medical School Building, UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31 – 37 Orange Street, Cape Town. 

Refreshments will be served from 17:30. RSVP at

For more information, please contact Sascha Polkey at Rabbit in a Hat Communications: | 021 300 0052.

Listen to the podcast here.


About the ICA’s focus on the TRC

From 14 March to 25 April the Great Texts/Big Questions lecture series focuses on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission – its vision, successes, failures and public perceptions then and now. UCT's Institutional Reconciliation and Transformation Commission (IRTC), which recently set up its steering committee, will look into the Shackville protests that occurred on UCT’s Upper Campus in February 2016, as well as make recommendations for addressing underlying issues of institutionalised racism and sexism; transformation; decolonisation and discrimination. It is intended that the analysis of South Africa's TRC in this series – offered by five different speakers from varied perspectives – will provide content for thinking about UCT’s IRTC.