Symposium Speakers – Paarl

Speakers at Paarl Symposium 2012

Prof Izak Rust

Prof Izak Rust

Prof Izak Rust geologist formerly dean of the Science Faculty University of Port Elizabeth Prof Izak C Rust, studied Geology at Stellenbosch University. He later joined the academic staff of that university. In 1970, at the University of Port Elizabeth, he became professor of Geology and established a Geology Department. He retired from academia in 1996 as UPE’s Dean of the Faculty of Science. Izak was a recipient of the Havenga Prize for Earth Science of the Akademie van Wetenskap en Kuns. He has been living in Franschhoek since 1997 with his wife, Joana. Izak is a popular and entertaining speaker on his field of expertise – the wonder of earth science.


Dr Judy Maguire

Dr Judy Maguire

Dr Judy Maguire grew up in KwaZulu-Natal and took her first degree at University of Natal. Thereafter, she went to Wits University where she studied in the School of Earth Sciences and did her doctorate in the field of Palaeontology (fossils). After working as a researcher and lecturer for 30 years, she went into Heritage Management and worked on the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, among others. She now lives with her family on Scholtzkloof farm, just outside Prince Albert, where she is the chairperson of the Prince Albert Cultural Foundation.


Prof Nigel Penn

Prof Nigel Penn

Prof Nigel Penn historical Studies Department University of Cape Town Nigel Penn is a professor in the Department of Historical Studies at the UCT and has a PhD from that university. He has written about the impact of colonialism on the Khoisan societies of southern Africa and on the nature of early colonial society in both the Dutch and British periods. He is interested in using the techniques of microhistory and cultural history to illuminate the contacts that occurred between different societies and individuals in the colonial context of southern Africa and Australia. He is currently working on a book of essays on crime and culture in the colonial Cape between 1700 and 1820. He is also researching the history of the Cape convict labour system and planning a book on the Khoikhoi. He is part of a research team working on a project funded by the Australian Research Council on the role of massacre in the colonial world between 1780 and 1820. Nigel has been awarded the UCT Book Award three times.


Johan Fourie

Johan Fourie

Johan Fourie Economics Deptartment Stellenbosch University Johan Fourie is a senior lecturer in the Department of Economics at Stellenbosch University.He is presently busy with his PhD (EconHistory) through Utrecht University. His PhD study is entitled: An Inquiry into the Nature, Causes and Distribution of Wealth in the Cape Colony. He holds an MComm (Econ) from Stellenbosch University (2006) and is a prolific writer of scientific papers and speaker at scientific conferences. Among his many achievements and awards are the Ken Sokoloff Fellowship Award (2011, USA), the NUFFIC Research Scholarship (2010, Netherlands) and the HB Thom research scholarship (2010).


Prof  Rob Shell

Prof Rob Shell

Prof Rob Shell Statistics department University of the Western Cape Prof Rob Shell has vast academic experience both locally and internationally, and has delivered papers on, among others, Slavery, Islam and HIV/AIDS at over fifty international conferences. He is presently professor extraordinaire of Historical Demography in the Statistics Department at UWC and teaches at CPUT in Population and Ecology. After graduating at UCT, he completed his Master’s degree at the University of Rochester in American colonial and revolutionary history and comparative slavery. After a stint at the Bo-Kaap museum, he received his PhD at Yale University on the strength of his thesis entitled Slavery at the Cape of Good Hope 1680-1731. He took up a position in Santa Barbara as a visiting professor, and as assistant professor of African History at Princeton University, where he became Director of African Studies. He has published widely and enjoyed many television and radio appearances and made two films.


 Len Raymond

Len Raymond

Len Raymond restoration expert Len Raymond is a restoration specialist and Chairman of Drakenstein Heritage Foundation. He was long-standing Chairman of Heritage South Africa (formerly the Simon van der Stel Foundation). He resides in Paarl where he owns the company Daljosaphat Restorations.

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