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KENYA 2020-2021

Learn More About South Africa

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IYO South Africa Event Archive

Tyler Fleming - "King Kong: The First South African Musical" (podcast)


  • Boyd Varty: What I learned from Nelson Mandela 

    Boyd Varty, a South African wildlife activist, shares his experiences with animals and humans alike and discussing their relation to the concept "ubuntu,' or, "I am because of you.

  • Mitchell Besser: Helping Mothers Fight HIV

    Mitchell Besser discusses mothers2mothers, a program that he started in South Africa, that educates and enables HIV positive mothers to inform and support each other.

  • Patience Mthunzi: Could We Cure HIV with Lasers?

    Dr. Patience Mthunzi, research group leader at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in Pretoria, South Africa discusses her innovative idea of using lasers rather than oral medication to more quickly and effectively treat HIV.

  • Toby Shapshak: You Don't Need an App for that

    South African writer Toby Shapshak speaks about the role of innovation in Africa and the use of SMS-text-based solutions to needs that many Americans use smart phones to meet.

  • Rachel  Sussman: The World's Oldest Living Things

    Photographer Rachel Sussman shares her photographs and stories of some of the world's oldest living things, including Baobab trees and underground forests in South Africa.

  • Vusi Mahlasela: Thula Mama

    Singer/songwriter Vusi Mahlasela shares what life was like for him growing up in apartheid-era South Africa and dedicates his song to all the women in South Africa who endured apartheid--especially his grandmother.

  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown - South Africa

    In this episode, of his hit TV series, Bourdain visits the Johannesburg suburb of Hillbrow (which remains a dangerous locale), spends a day in the life of a taxi driver and discovers the culture and food that make up modern day Johannesburg.

  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo - United We Stand

    Music video by Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a Grammy Award-winning a cappella musical group

  • Pablo Corral Vega - Mandela's Journey

    Award-winning Ecuadorian photojournalist Pablo Corral Vega traces the footsteps of Nelson Mandela through South Africa. Pablo presented some of his work at WKU in the Spring of 2015 as part of the International Year of Ecuador.


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