Tracing the footsteps of social change in South Africa is not an easy task. The aim is not merely to "follow" the footsteps of South Africans, yet seek out the wisdom they gained during their long-walk in overcoming Apartheid. One way to do this is by first looking at their history and stories, followed by a close examination at how South Africans view community, their lessons on living together, forgiving one-another, and moving forward.
Cape Town, South Africa is a medley of sheer natural splendor, beautiful weather, and astounding bio-diversity. From "Table Mountain" dwarfing the city center and the sunny blue beaches of "False Bay" -- to Great White Sharks, Baboons, and a plethora of treasures produced by nature -- visitors have a reason to dig deep within and connect to a larger world. Though the magnificence of the Cape is vast, it is often said that visitors "ignore the view" by overlooking the juxtaposition between poverty-stricken (though vibrant) shantytowns and immensely affluent gated neighborhoods. Mindful visitors will often put into question the "free market" and recognize that Apartheid's anguish and racism still exists in all fabrics of life.
Nonetheless, Cape Town has a wealth of human diversity that enriches all aspects of the "Rainbow Nation." The people of South Africa, through struggle and wisdom, have helped many to live from the inside out - to achieve a deep sense of happiness and a zeal for life. Their story of overcoming Apartheid is unfinished yet their spirit to survive is essential to our understanding of human possibility. Right now, there are few other places in the world with such promise. This seminar will focus on the stories of both the people and the places of South Africa. Through lectures, site visits, and Service-Learning, students - via a direct exchange with South Africans - will start to transform their understanding of "community" and the essence of what it means to be human.