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 Faculty Seminars and Events

The Faculty ​​​launched its public seminar series in 2007.  The intention of these lectures/seminars is to create a premier forum for academic discussion and debate. ​


The Faculty hosts numerous public academic lectures and seminars, including the prestigious Helen Joseph memorial lecture.  The focus of the lecture is to honour Helen Joseph as an iconic figure, unceasingly committed to the service of others. Other prestigious lectures include the NP van Wyk Louw memorial lecture, the EB van Wyk lecture series, and the seminar series in Historical Studies, Philosophy, Psychology, English, Politics and International Relations, Greek and Latin and the Humanities. These seminars and lectures, which take place on a weekly basis, often attract prominent international speakers and participants.​


Below is a list of speakers and topics of past Helen joseph memorial lectures:




Ambas​​sador Jessie Duarte

Remembering Helen Joseph


Prof Francie Lund

Building Welfare for Development: Social Security Reform In South Africa


Prof Kader Asmal

Law, morality and ethics in public life in South Africa


Dr Kumi Naidoo

Rethinking Civil Society, Democracy and Development:  Global Perspective


Dr Shahra Razavi

Worlds Apart: Rethinking Care in a Development Context


Ms Thuli Madonsela

Following in the footsteps of Helen Joseph: The place of South African woman leaders in our democracy


Prof Leila Patel

Do social grants create more problems than they solve?


Prof Shireen Hassim

Past, Present and future of the ANC Women's league, and implications for gender equality


Advocate Vusi Pikoli

Is an Independent Judiciary a threat to Democracy?


​Humanities Prize giving:

Annually, the faculty honours its top achievers at a Humanities Prize-giving event.  All those who have graduated cum laude within BA, BA Honours and MA programmes, and all Doctoral graduates, are recipients of a faculty prize and certificate. The event aims to recognise students for their outstanding academic achievements.

Top achievers club:

As part of the UJ Top Achievers initiative, the Faculty as also launched a Top Achievers club in 2011. The club includes undergraduate students, excluding final year students, with an overall average of 75% and no subject pass below 70%. 

Dean’s list:

The Dean's List, hosted late in the second semester, identifies those from 2nd, 3rd and Honours' study level who could be potential Postgraduate students for the future. Besides delicious food and drink, information on further study, programmes and bursaries is provided, with speeches from prominent lecturers and Professors from within the Faculty. 

Creative writing prizes:

The UJ Prize for Creative Writing in Afrikaans and English is one of the universities longest standing awards.  At the event a main prize is handed out as well as a debut prize.  Past winners include: Marleen van Niekerk, Lauren Beukes and TT Cloete.​