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From the Podium to the Classroom:

Understanding the Impact of Racial Science before, during and post-apartheid and how the legacies of the eugenics linger in universities and schools in South Africa

Lecture presented by Dr Handri Walters and Dylan Wray

February 2022 (Date TBC)


Membership and Belonging:

Teaching Eugenics and Race in a High School History class

Workshop presented by Dylan Wray


Drawing on Dylan Wray’s experience in working with Facing History and Ourselves in South Africa, the workshop will introduce participants to content and approaches that he has used to support teachers in South Africa to teach about Eugenics and Race as part of the required school History curriculum.












Handri Walters is a lecturer in Social Anthropology at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Her research deals with the history of anthropological constructions of race both globally and in South Africa. By interrogating the making and use of racial categories, the institutional history of Stellenbosch University, and Afrikaner nationalism, her work highlights the interstices of race, science and state policy in the pre-apartheid and apartheid period. Taking this further, her work engages the lingering presence of race and the resurgence of racial science in contemporary scientific research.

Dylan Wray is the executive director and co-founder of Shikaya – a non-profit organisation that supports teachers and school leaders to ensure young people leave school thinking critically, and engaging as compassionate, active and democratic citizens. Since 2003 Dylan has been managing and implementing the Facing History and Ourselves programme in South Africa and has trained and supported thousands of teachers in South Africa to use lessons of history to challenge them and their students to stand up to bigotry and hate. A key area has been supporting history teachers who are required to teach Eugenics as part of the National Curriculum.  Dylan works globally as a facilitator, teacher trainer and speaker in Kenya, Korea, Colombia, Northern Ireland and the USA and has written numerous journal articles, book chapters and classroom materials including the Viewing and Learning Guide for the award winning Netflix series, Daughters of Destiny, The Present is Ours (a UNESCO guide on preventing violent extremism). He co-authored the Children’s Report for the Kenyan Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission and UNICEF which uses the history of the TJRC to teach young Kenyans about democracy, human rights and active citizenship and is the co-author of A School Where I Belong - Creating Transformed and Inclusive South African Schools. 





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