The library’s popular reading project will have two titles this year – one for each semester. The title selected for the first semester is A Bantu in my Bathroom: debating Race, Sexuality and other uncomfortable South African topics by Eusebius McKaiser. Unlike the previous title, this is not a story but a collection of opinion pieces.
The book will be available in all UJ libraries as from 13 February 2013. Mr McKaiser will visit us on 23 and 24 April to lead discussions of the book in all our campus libraries.
About the book
The book consists of a number of debates or opinion pieces in which the author grapples with issues of race, sexuality and culture. It is partly autobiographical and at times very funny. However, expect to be angered or touched on the raw by some of the author’s pronouncements. Whether you laugh with him or want to swear at him, the important part is that it makes the reader reflect on South African issues. There can be no doubt that McKaiser is embedded in the South African socio-political scene and that he does not hesitate to confront the reader with some of our more painful issues.
About the author
Eusebius McKaiser is a political analyst, broadcaster, debate and public speaking coach, philosophy lecturer and now also author.
He studied law and philosophy at Rhodes University where he graduated with a Masters in Arts Degree (with distinction) in Philosophy
After obtaining a prestigious international Rhodes Scholarship, Eusebius spent time at Oxford University researching whether or not persons are morally responsible for their beliefs.
He has written extensively in the print media about South African politics and current affairs including Mail and Guardian, Business Day, New York Times, The Guardian, and The New Republic.
As a competitive debater, Eusebius has previously won the South African National Universities Debate Championships, and in 2011 he won the World Masters Debate Championships.
Currently, Eusebius enjoys a budding broadcasting career. He hosted Interface on SABC3 before becoming a talk show host on Talk Radio 702, as anchor of the daily evening slot, Talk At Nine.
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