Invictus and the Next 25 Years: Affirmative Action in the US and South Africa

by kris bishop on December 28, 2009


The University of Michigan Press’ new release The Next Twenty-five Years explores an important branch of the continuing racial tensions portrayed in films like Clint Eastwood’s “Invictus” (Latin for “unconquered”), launching a penetrating exploration of affirmative action’s continued place in 21st-century higher education in both the US and South Africa. The Next Twenty-five Years assembles the viewpoints of some of the most influential scholars, educators, university leaders, and public officials. Its comparative essays span the political spectrum and dissect debates in two nations to elucidate the legal, political, social, economic, and moral dimensions of affirmative action in higher education and its role in contributing to a just, equitable, and vital society.

Featherman_cover TITLE: The Next Twenty-five Years: Affirmative Action in Higher Education in the United States and South Africa

Editors: David L. Featherman, Martin Hall, and Marvin Krislov
Foreword: Mary Sue Coleman, President of the University of

Foreword: Njabulo Ndebele, Former Vice-Chancellor and
Principal of the University of Cape Town

ISBN: Cloth: 978-0-472-11705-5, Paper: 978-0-472-03377-5

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“This collection of essays from practitioners in the field and from expert analysts is an essential primer for anyone engaging with the challenges of diversity and redress in higher education. While taking its cue from the affirmative action judgements whose focus was primarily on equal opportunity, fairness to individuals and the value of a diverse learning environment, it extends to the far richer issues of how to achieve equality of outcomes, the duties of universities to provide financial and academic support, to ensure the employability of graduates, and while selecting for diversity, to find ways that shift our thinking away from a racial view of the world.”
—Max Price, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town, South Africa

“An enormously important comparative study and reflection on affirmative (U.S.) and corrective action (South Africa) with exhaustive and sensitive treatment of a vital topic.”
—Kader Asmal is Professor Extraordinaire in the Faculty of Law of the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, and Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town

“Ambitious, provocative, and wide-ranging, this rich collection of essays from U.S. and South African perspectives reflects the thinking of thoughtful advocates of affirmative action.”
—William G. Bowen, President Emeritus, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and President Emeritus, Princeton University

“Thoughtful commentary from outstanding experts on affirmative action’s future in two countries struggling to overcome a legacy of racial injustice.”
—Derek Bok is the 300th Anniversary University Research Professor, University President Emeritus. He has been a lawyer and Professor of Law, Dean of the Law School, and President of Harvard University.

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