Apart from its regular seminars, the ISI hosts a number of related activities. We are delighted to invite eminent figures for our Annual Lecture, which supplements and corresponds to our seminar in any given year; sometimes this takes on other formats, such as a symposium or panel presentation. We also host other panels and presentations from time to time, and co-sponsor other events on campus. Details on current and past activities are below.

Magnet Theater Artists Visit UMass

ISI contributed to a week-long residency hosted by the Theater department, which brought four artists from Magnet Theatre, based in Cape Town, South Africa, to the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus. The artists—director and scholar Mark Fleishman, performers Jennie Reznek and Faniswa Yisa, and composer Neo Muyanga—performed their award-winning piece about the effects of forced migration, xenophobia, and the triumph of the human imagination Every Year, Every Day, I Am Wallking in The Curtain Theater. Their residency also included movement and devised theatre-making workshops (Reznek and Yisa), a public lecture on South African theatre and politics (Fleishman), and a musical lecture demonstration (Muyanga).

Eddie Daniels: ‘With Courage, For Justice’: Overcoming Apartheid in South Africa


‘With Courage, For Justice’: Overcoming Apartheid in South Africa

Monday, October 3rd, 2011
Herter Hall 301, UMass

ISHA is delighted to host Eddie Daniels, noted South African anti-apartheid activist and former political prisoner. Please join us to hear his compelling and inspiring story, as well as his particular perspectives on the struggle for justice in South Africa. Mr Daniels will be introduced by Dr Marcellette Williams, Senior Vice-President of the University of Massachusetts.

Intersections Intersected: The Photography of David Goldblatt

The ISI is a proud co-sponsor of “Intersections Intersected: The Photography of David Goldblatt” at the University Museum of Contemporary Art. David Goldblatt (b. South Africa, 1930) is one of the great photographers of our time. As both citizen and photographer, he was witness to apartheid’s infiltration into every aspect of South African life. The exhibition of over 100 photographs, taken by Goldblatt during the past 50 years, focuses on South Africa’s human landscape in the apartheid and post-apartheid eras. Visit the Museum website to learn more.

Kenneth Miller: "The Evolution Wars"

‘The Evolution Wars: Why Do They Matter? Why Do They Continue?’ 
Kenneth Miller (Brown University)
31 March 2011

Eighty years after the notorious Scopes Monkey Trial, the powerful Intelligent Design movement continues to claim that evolution is ‘only a theory.’ The ensuing debates go to the heart of what counts as rational and scientific in the public arena. Professor Kenneth Miller was the lead witness in the historic Dover Trial, where his testimony proved instrumental in the judge’s ruling that the local school board had no right to require teachers to offer Intelligent Design as an alternative to evolution. Professor Miller is a bestselling author and repeat guest on The Colbert Report; his books include Only A Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America’s Soul. The topic of the Annual Lecture coincides with the ISHA theme for the year, on ‘(Ir)rationality and Public Discourse.’