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CASBS Symposium: 2016-17 fellow Jonathan Jansen

On March 21, 2017, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University hosted the final installment in its 2016-17 symposium series. The event featured 2016-17 fellow Jonathan Jansen, who spoke on "Loving and Blacking." The Stanford Graduate School of Education co-sponsored the talk. In race-regulation regimes like South Africa and the United States, interracial intimacies remain difficult even decades after odious laws prohibiting love and marriage were repealed. How does reprisal work in the absence of legal sanction against interracial romance, and how do young people manage different forms of reprisal on former white university campuses as they struggle to learn, live, and love together? Jansen's interactive presentation showed video interview data on 10 interracial student couples and their struggles with intimacy on campuses and in communities hostile to love across the color line. Jonathan Jansen is Senior Professor and the immediate past Vice Chancellor and Rector of the University of the Free State (South Africa) and is a 2016-17 CASBS fellow. He is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), President of the South African Institute of Race Relations, and President of the South African Academy of Science. His book Knowledge in the Blood: Confronting Race and the Apartheid Past (Stanford University Press, 2009) won the Nayef Al Rodhan Prize, the highest award from the British Academy for the Social Science and Humanities, for its contribution to scholarly excellence and transcultural understanding. In 2013, he was awarded the Education Africa Lifetime Achiever Award in New York and the Spendlove Award from the University of California for his contributions to tolerance, democracy, and human rights. In 1991 Jansen earned his PhD from Stanford’s Graduate School of Education, which honored him with its inaugural Alumni Excellence in Education Award in 2015. He holds honorary degrees from the University of Edinburgh, the University of Vermont, and Cleveland State University. His most recent book is Leading for Change (Routledge, 2016). His new book on the current crisis in, and future prospects of, the South African university is scheduled for release in May 2017 (Tafelberg).