Dr Setri Nyomi speaker at annual Russel Botman memorial lecture

Dr Setri Nyomi

Dr Setri Nyomi, former general secretary of the World Communion of Reformed Churches, will be the speaker at the annual Russel Botman memorial lecture, on Thursday October 17, at 7pm, in the Attie van Wijk Auditorium, 171 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch.

The lecture, held in honour of the late Professor Russel Botman, former rector and vice-chancellor of Stellenbosch University (SU), is hosted by the faculty of theology in collaboration with the SU division for development and alumni relations, the curatoria of the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa, the Dutch Reformed Church and the Beyers Naudé Centre for Public Theology.

This year the lecture will focus on Professor Botman’s vision for economic justice, and the title of Dr Nyomi’s lecture is “Justice for all? The time for change is now”.

Professor Botman joined Stellenbosch University in 2000 as professor in the department of practical theology and missiology. He was also the founder of the Beyers Naudé Centre for Public Theology.

In 2002 he was appointed vice-rector: teaching and in 2007 he became Stellenbosch University’s first black rector and vice-chancellor. Under his leadership, the HOPE Project was launched in 2010, emphasising social relevance, equal opportunities and academic and research excellence. Vision 2030, adopted in 2013, is part of his legacy: that Stellenbosch University becomes an innovative, inclusive and future oriented institution.

Professor Botman unexpectedly passed away on June 28 2014.

Light refreshments will be served from 6pm.

RSVP before Thursday October 10, to Helette van der Westhuizen, on 021 808 9560 or hvdwest@sun.ac.za