A journey through South African history – and its present
Students and Professor Baz Dreisinger from John Jay College pose with their guide on Robben Island, Cape Town.
Earlier this month, IAPO’s Global Short-term Academic Programme welcomed a group of six students and Professor Baz Dreisinger from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. The students were in Cape Town for a short-term winter programme, which is run annually: ‘The culture of race, resistance and revolution in South Africa, then and now’.
The programme kicked off with orientation and a themed dinner at Gold Restaurant. This was followed by a warm welcome to Cape Town by the manager of the Global Short-term Academic Programme, Nicola Latchiah. The students also enjoyed a guided excursion to Langa and Gugulethu, two townships in Cape Town.
For the duration of their stay, the students engaged with incarcerated individuals inside two Cape Town prisons. They worked with local organisations, such as Ceasefire in the Cape Flats and Hope Prison Ministry, which rehabilitates prison inmates through faith. They also interacted with South African historic institutions around the city to better understand the political economy of crime in the country.
The Global Short-term Academic Programme enjoyed hosting this special group of young students and looks forward to another programme with John Jay College.