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Wits Alumni Relations invites you to a talk by Professor David Pearce

He was awarded the degrees of Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa by the University of Natal in 1986, the University of the Witwatersrand in 1990, Rhodes University in 1997, the University of Amsterdam in 2002, Port Elizabeth University in 2002, the University of South Africa in 2004, the University of the Western Cape in 2006, the University of Pretoria in 2006, and Stellenbosch University in 2008. He received the Premier Group Award for prestigious service by a member of the Faculty of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1983, the Claude Harris Leon Foundation award for community service and the Wits Alumni Honour Award for exceptional service to the community, both in 1984, was the joint recipient of the Human Rights Award for 1990 of the Foundation for Freedom and Human Rights, Berne, Switzerland, and has received awards for his work in the promotion of human rights and constitutionalism from the General Council of the Bar of South Africa (the Sydney and Felicia Kentridge award), from the Jewish Board of Deputies, from Rotary (the Paul Harris Award), from Lawyers for Human Rights in South Africa, and from the Constitutional Hill Trust. In 2004 he was the co-recipient with Chief Justice Langa of the Peter Gruber Justice Prize, in 2007 he was the co-recipient with Ms Wangari Maathai of the 2007 Nelson Mandela Award for Human Rights and Health. He received the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Award for 2010, and the World Justice Forum’s rule of Law Award in 2011.

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A special award was presented by Les Glassman (Wits Alumni) to Nahariya art student Tamara Zesmer for a poster she drew about Mandela (see above).

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The event is hosted by my good friend , the and Wits Alumni. It is wonderful to be returning to my alma mater to give what I hope will be an interesting and enjoyable public lecture. The event is open to the public, and I guarantee that the talk will be aimed at entertaining the general non-fiction reader (rather than being an academic seminar). Look at the RSVP details on the invitation below.

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The event organised by Telfed in conjunction with the S African Embassy, Forum Tzorah and Wits Alumni brought together five prominent speakers. Each gave fascinating insights into their personal acquaintance of Nelson Mandela, the struggle for S Africa;s freedom and the lessons that can be learned in dealing with conflict in our region.

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At Wits the brain drain has had an impact on health research. Since the first medical students were accepted in 1919, Wits has trained more than 10,000 medical doctors. In addition, the university has produced substantial numbers of practitioners in dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and occupational and physiotherapy. A substantial number of these individuals have gone on to perform basic clinical- and policy-relevant research. The faculty annually awards an average of nearly 400 undergraduate degrees and diplomas, and currently has approximately 500 medical specialists in training annum. A significant number of these graduates have emigrated. Over two decades, from 1970 to 1990, approximately 3,600 medical doctors graduated from Wits (personal communication, Wits Alumni Office). Thirty per cent of Wits health sciences alumni left the country over a similar period (between 1975 and 1995), of which approximately half went to the United States. Currently, approximately 350 alumni (not all from one class) leave every year. The majority of doctors graduating from Wits have moved largely to four countries: the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Many of these health professionals have pursued stellar careers in academia and have attained senior positions. Of 65 Wits Medical School paediatric graduates (1940–1979) who had immigrated to the United States, 31 achieved full professorships and 25 were chairpersons of academic departments and/or divisions (). Wits health sciences alumni have established themselves as influential figures across the globe.