IBSC Southern Africa Conference
August 5 – 6, 2021
Rondebosch Boys’ Schools
Cape Town, South Africa
The Elephant in the Room
Sexuality and South African Boys’ Schools
Author, educator, entrepreneur, speaker, and world traveller, Shaun Fuchs shares his journey in his new book, Fush, a story that encourages a world of greater diversity and more inclusive environments, where everyone has space to be themselves, no matter what their cultural, ethnic, religious or sexual backgrounds are. Fuchs was the managing director of Reddam House Schools, Gauteng, and Kwa-Zulu-Natal. Prior to that he was general manager of Crawford Schools and the Centurus Colleges Group. He was previously the headmaster at Crawford College Lonehill.
Privileged vs. Underprivileged South African Schools
Nic Spaull is a senior researcher in the Economics Department at Stellenbosch University, currently seconded to the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Endowment to develop the Funda Wande / Bala Wande programs. Spaull co-edited two books, both published in 2019: Improving Early Literacy Outcomes: Curriculum, Teaching, and Assessment (published by BRILL/SENSE and co-authored with Professor John Comings) and South African Schooling: The Enigma of Inequality (published by Springer and co-edited with Professor Jonathan Jansen).
Racism and Inclusivity in South African Boys’ Schools
Dynamic speaker, trainer, and facilitator Dominic Gaobepe is also the author of the upcoming book, Change Your Story, Change Your Life: Unlock Your Full Potential and Achieve Real-world Success. He now applies his expertise as a professional speaker, trainer, consultant, and program director, covering topics including entrepreneurship, leadership development, diversifying leadership for multinationals, diversity and inclusion, nation building, and transformation.
Featured Entertainer at the Gala Dinner
Double International Emmy nominated comedian Conrad Koch is South Africa’s top comedy ventriloquist—and possibly the only one. His most famous puppet, Chester Missing, has won numerous awards in his own right, including being the first recipient of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation’s Anti-Racism Award. Chester Missing has interviewed most of South Africa’s political elite and has held a number of regular radio and TV slots—he even wrote an award-winning book. Koch’s live shows have received wide political acclaim and are a regular feature at arts and comedy festivals, including at the prestigious Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. The truth is, with a master’s degree in social anthropology, talking to puppets was his only career option.
Handspring Puppet Company
Founded in 1981, the Handspring Puppet Company has grown under the leadership of Artistic Director Adrian Kohler and Executive Producer Basil Jones for 30 years. Based in Cape Town, the company provides an artistic home and professional base for a core group of performers, designers, theater artists, and technicians. Handspring’s work has been presented in more than 30 countries around the world. As the company’s international profile has grown, it has developed works with top directors and creative partners from Europe, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
WITS Institute for Social and Economic Research Associate Associate Professor Hlonipha Mokoena is the author of Magema Fuze: The Making of a Kholwa Intellectual. A multitalented public intellectual, she is well known for her work in many parts of the world, including the Anthropology Department at Columbia University. With compelling research interest in South African intellectual history, Mokoena is ideally situated to write and speak strongly about the complex entanglements, as well as the striking differences, between South African and U.S. cultures.
Michael Kimmel is the author of Angry White Men and a distinguished scholar of men and masculinity. As a sociologist, Kimmel is a leading researcher and writer on men and masculinity. He is the executive director of the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook University, where he is also a professor of sociology and gender studies. Kimmel has authored many other books, including Manhood in America and the bestseller Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men. An activist for gender equality for more than 30 years, Kimmel was recently called "the world's preeminent male feminist" by The Guardian.