Applications for a UCT Study Tour for Student Leaders
26 Jul 2018 - 17:45
Photo: Ayanda Nxusani
Confronting Difficult Pasts: Learning from Poland’s and Germany’s Experience
Despite the passage of seven decades since the end of World War II, the Holocaust has not passed into “mere history.” It continues to shape our world in a variety of ways: informing our understanding of genocide, moral responsibility, memory, and justice, and serving as a touchstone in our culture.
In Germany and Poland living with this past has presented very real challenges, particularly as both have had complicated histories before and after 1945.
UCT invites applications for a study tour for student leaders to Germany and Poland from 24 November – 4 December 2018 that will visit a range of challenging Holocaust and other memorial sites with the intention of exploring how both societies have grappled – and continue to grapple – with very difficult pasts.
The Study Tour is limited to twenty outstanding University of Cape Town students who show exceptional leadership qualities and a strong service ethic.
ELIGIBILITY x Must have a valid passport. x Must be a fulltime UCT student in at least their second year of university study. x Must be between the age of 19 – 25 years. x May be from any faculty and academic discipline. x Must have a proven track record of leadership and service at UCT.
APPLICATIONS MUST INCLUDE: x A personal letter of motivation. x A CV which includes details of leadership roles in the community and at the university. x Two letters of reference that focus on the candidate’s leadership qualities and experience. x A copy of your passport bio page.
Successful applicants will be expected to participate in a preparatory programme prior to the study tour, and a follow-up programme after return from the tour.
The programme will be facilitated by the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre, and is conducted in conjunction with the Department of Historical Studies and the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies & Research at UCT.
The bulk of the costs of participation will be covered by the generous sponsorship of Investec, but participants will be expected to pay for some meals and other miscellaneous expenses. Limited sponsorship available.