VC’s tapestry unveiling address

Badat, S. (2011) VC’s tapestry unveiling address. In: Address of the Vice-Chancellor at the unveiling of the Tapestry in the Rhodes University Council and Senate Chamber, 01 December 2011 13:00, Rhodes University Senate Chambers. (Unpublished)

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From introduction: This afternoon we publicly launch an exquisite tapestry commissioned from the Keiskamma Arts Project based in Hamburg on the coast. It is intended to express the social purposes that are the rationale for our existence; the geography and environment of Rhodes University; the economic, political, historical and social forces that have shaped it over 107 years and the complexity, antinomies, paradoxes and ambiguities of Rhodes’ history. It is also intended to express our origins, where we have come from the road we have travelled and where we are today; the continuities and discontinuities that characterise Rhodes; the inexcusable and shameful actions of our past in which we can take no pride, as well as the courageous actions, successes and achievements in which we can take pride, and that we can and must celebrate. The launch of the tapestry is an important moment in our continuing journey as Rhodes University of critical reflection, ‘critical appreciation of where we come from,’ and ‘dialogical and analytic engagement with where we are now’ and where we seek to be in future. I have indicated that the launch of the tapestry is a moment in our continuing journey – a journey of the remaking, renewal, modernisation, transformation and further development of Rhodes University.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Keiskamma Arts Project, Rhodes University, Rhodes University history, tapestry, transformation, modernisation, development
Subjects:D World History and History of Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, etc > DT Africa > South Africa
Divisions:Vice-Chancellor's Office
ID Code:4191
Deposited By: Roelien Clarke
Deposited On:05 Dec 2012 13:28
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