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Journey to South Africa to explore oppression, reconciliation

Emory Report | Oct. 25, 2017

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A bust of Nelson Mandela, who battled apartheid and became South Africa's first black president, stands outside of Parliament in Cape Town. Photo taken during a previous Journeys of Reconciliation trip to South Africa.

Emory students, faculty, staff and alumni may apply to join the 2018 Journeys of Reconciliation trip to South Africa, scheduled for May 16-28.

Organized by the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life, Journeys of Reconciliation is an inter-religious immersion program that explores the root causes of conflict and builds relationships between Emory and communities in the U.S. and around the world.

The program invites groups to encounter the world's complexity, to hear stories of pain and liberation and to seek wisdom outside the university walls. Previous trips include Cuba, Bosnia, Arizona and Mexico, Mississippi, the Middle East and Northern Ireland.

South Africa serves as a model of reconciliation for many. With a long and deep history of violence and oppression, post-apartheid South Africa continues the struggle for racial and economic justice.

The trip will be led by Pamela Scully, professor of African studies and women's gender, and sexuality studies, and Pellom McDaniels III, curator of African American collections for Emory's Rose Library. Participants will visit Johannesburg and Cape Town to learn about South Africa's anti-apartheid movement and truth and reconciliation commissions.

Each Journeys group is multi-disciplinary, multi-generational, multi-religious and multi-ethnic. Applications for the South Africa trip are due by Nov. 6. Journeys trips are self-funded by participants, with scholarships available for both undergraduate and graduate students.

For more information, contact Sandy Francis, Journeys coordinator, or Rev. Lisa Garvin, associate dean of the chapel and religious life.