Noted South African Professor to Speak on Feb. 20

February 19, 1996

Dr. G. C. Oosthuizen, professor of the science of religion at the University of Zululand in KwaZulu, Natal, and director of NEREMIC, an organization studying indigenous Christianity and new religions in South Africa, will speak at Baylor University at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 20, in Room 149 of the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center.
Oosthuizen has been invited to speak to mark the beginning of the African Studies program at Baylor, and his appearance is sponsored by the Heinz Koeppler Institute. He will be lecturing on "The New South Africa."
In addition to the Heinz-Koeppler lecture, Oosthuizen will also lecture on "World Religions" at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the W.R. Poage Legislative Library Center. He is also scheduled to address the students of Baylor's Chapel-Forum on the same day.
Dr. John Jonsson, professor of religion and director of the African Studies Program at Baylor, said that the new program "seeks to help faculty and students conduct research in Africa and assist Africans to come to Baylor bringing and African perspective."
Oosthuizen, a world authority in religious matters and new religions in Africa, was awarded a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Zululand in December of 1995 alongside South African President Nelson Mandella and Vice President F. W. DeKlerk.
For more information, call Jonsson at 755-4532.