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Ubuntu: Museum and Communities Connect

Published: Thursday, 28 Sep 2017
Author: Rachel Warner
Department: Office of the Dean

Nine South African cultural heritage workers visited MSU from September 11-13 as part of the MSU Museum and Stellenbosch University Museum's "Ubuntu: Museum and Communities Connect" project, funded by the MSU Alliance for African Partnership (AAP). During the visit, the team gave two presentations about their museum work in South Africa and met with many MSU departments and units. Following their visit to MSU, the team also met with museum leaders in Detroit, Washington, DC, and New York to share ideas and to develop new opportunities for collaboration.

A group photo of MSU faculty and the South African cultural heritage delegation


Front row (left to right):

  • Jamie Monson, director, African Studies Center; co-director, Alliance for African Partnership (MSU)
  • MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon
  • Lisa Frugé, managing coordinator for international projects and events, Alliance for African Partnership (MSU)
  • Bongani Mgijima, CEO, Stellenbosch University Museum
  • Abraham Collins, principal, DreamFuel; founder, Museum Teen Summit Africa
  • Bonke Tyhulu, CEO, Nelson Mandela Museum

Back row (left to right):

  • Alberic Vollmer, principal, DreamFuel; founder, Museum Teen Summit Africa
  • Marsha MacDowell, curator of Folk Arts and professor in the Department of Art and Art History (MSU)
  • Vanessa Mitchell, senior education specialist, Robben Island Museum 
  • Dean Jacobs, projects manager, Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation
  • Masa Soko, program manager, Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum
  • C. Kurt Dewhurst, Director, Arts and Cultural Initiatives, and Senior Fellow for Univ. Outreach & Engagement (MSU)
  • Roy Simon, senior advisor to executive vice president for administrative services (MSU)   

Not shown:

  • Ulrich Wollf, curator, Stellenbosch University Museum
  • Erhardt Thiel, artist and coordinator of iMadiba project