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MMC Travels to South Africa (PHOTOS)

May 10, 2017
  • The Twelve Apostles, Cape Town
    The Twelve Apostles, Cape Town
  • Little Rose Center, Soweto
    Little Rose Center, Soweto
  • Rupert Koopman at Kirstenbosch Gardens
    Rupert Koopman at Kirstenbosch Gardens
  • Wits University, Johannesburg
    Wits University, Johannesburg
  • Table Mountain
    Table Mountain
  • Hout Bay, Cape Town
    Hout Bay, Cape Town
Spring Break: Students traveled over 7,000 miles to South Africa for an academic adventure as part of Drs. Jessica Blatt and Jennifer Mueller’s Spring 2017 From Apartheid to Democracy class.

In the months prior to their trip, students studied the history of apartheid, and delved deeply into the politics of the democratic transition by playing a “Reacting to the Past” game about the negotiations that created a new constitution for a free South Africa.

After this immersion in South African politics, the group traveled to see the country for themselves, and to understand what has and has not changed 23 years after the first free, democratic elections in the country’s history.

The group visited a number of cities and sites throughout the trip including Johannesburg’s arts district Maboneng; Soweto, a township that was a cradle of anti-apartheid struggle; the Apartheid MuseumThe Orbit Jazz Club; and the University of the Witswatersrand for a panel with student activists.

In Cape Town, students climbed Table Mountain, visited District 6 Museum, sat in on Professor Musa Ndlovu’s Political Communication class at the University of Cape Town, took a tour of Robben Island, visited Chapman’s Peak Drive, Kirstenbosch National Botanic Gardens, and Boulder’s Beach Penguin Colony

The trip concluded at Kruger National Park for a 1.5-day safari.

Hout Bay, Cape Town

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