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My university is hosting an event this summer that invites various disciplines to take part.

What is the CULTure of (IN)difference?

“Our dream is to allow artists, musicians, thespians, poets, scholars, and others to engage with and learn from one another.

The nature of the event is in the hands of the participants. We imagine an eclectic coming together of all the Arts in an explosion of creativity and a synergy of ideas.
The event is scheduled for 30th September and 1st October 2011 in the Visual Arts building on Main Campus. We welcome participants and attendance from all disciplines.
Are the Arts simply governed by a trendy elite; a “Cult of In?” Or are the Arts in South Africa meant to articulate political understandings in our “Culture of Difference?” Are South Africans “indifferent” to the Arts for any particular reason, if they are at all?

These and other questions were the motivation behind the title. However, we welcome all interpretations of the event since the organisers were few, and the participants will be many. This is a postgraduate initiative; we aim to give postgraduate students who touch on the arts a space in which to express themselves. However, this by no means excludes everybody else.”

– Extract from the oh so pretty CULT/ure of IN/diffference website, you can interact with users, students and participants by registering online.

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I tutor first year Philosophy for many reasons:
a) It’s the course work that radically changed my life when I was 18.
b) They are still excited about studying, varsity and new subjects like philosophy. And…
c) Because they are young and naïve they make funny mistakes.

Part of my job’s duties entail marking student’s assignments and tests. Today while marking an assignment on Philosophy and Science a student, who shall remain unnamed, wrote: “Albeit Einstein” instead of Albert Einstein. And as amusing as this typo is, what made me giggle was that she used it throughout her essay.
Bless her!

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