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Hales Group to Discuss Trip to South Africa

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WOOSTER, Ohio — Members of the Hales Travel Group will share their observations and experiences from an eight-day trip to Cape Town, South Africa, at the second Faculty at Large lecture of the fall semester on Thursday, Oct. 29, at The College of Wooster. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, begins at 11 a.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.).

Nine faculty and one staff member made the journey in May in an effort to better understand the cultural landscape and geographic space of that diverse city, and enrich their course offerings and the campus climate as a whole.

The time spent in Cape Town was designed to engage the relationship between race (identity) and the role of space as a part of the white supremacist project for the Hales participants. Topics addressed in the upcoming lecture will range from the politicization of space to the construction of identity, and are grounded in the distinctive voices and stories that forge today’s South Africa.

The group consists of Jennifer Hayward (professor of English), Katie Holt (associate professor of history and international relations), Shannon King (associate professor of history), Lee McBride (associate professor of philosophy), Brenda Meese (associate professor and assistant director of athletics), Leah Mirakhor (assistant professor of English), Kara Morrow (assistant professor of art history), Charles Peterson (associate professor of Africana Studies), Jeff Roche (associate professor of history), and Susan Lee (Special Assistant to the President for Diversity Affairs and Campus Climate).

The trip was made possible through the Hales Fund, which was established in honor of Emeritus President R. Stanton Hales to support curricular enhancement. Members of the traveling party participated in a two-semester reading group that met every other Friday afternoon with President Grant Cornwell to discuss readings from a variety of sources.

Wooster’s next Faculty at Large lecture will be given by Madonna Hettinger, professor of history, who will present “A Long Walk with Demons and Ghosts: 500 Miles on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela” on Nov 19.

Additional information about the lecture series is available by phone (330-263-2576) or e-mail (

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