TEST:South Africa Today

30 Years After the End of Apartheid

World Issues Forum logo.

Event Details




Online: Zoom

Fairhaven Auditorium
Fairhaven College Main Building



Brought to you by:

Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, The Ray Wolpow Institute, Department of History, The Foundation for WWU & Alumni

Featured Speaker

  • Vernon Damani Johnson, Professor (Retired) of Political Science at Western Washington University


The world had great hopes for South Africa after global pressure assisted in toppling the white supremacist regime in 1994. In the three decades since the transition to democracy the country has faced many challenges (economic inequality, crime, political corruption). This talk will assess how successful the Rainbow Nation has been in meeting those challenges.

The World Issues Forum series is free and open to the public. Talks are held at 12:00pm in Fairhaven College Auditorium. The Fairhaven Auditorium is on the top floor of the Fairhaven College main building to the rear (east) side. If you enter from the west entrance (halfway between the second and third floor facing parking lot 12A), take the half-flight of stairs to the left and continue to east side of the building from there. You'll see the door to the auditorium a little to your left.

Join us at WWU or online on Zoom!

World Forum Issues updates are available online.

The views expressed in the World Issues Forum do not necessarily reflect those of Western Washington University.

Vernon Damani Johnson is a black male with short grey hair and a grey mustache. He wears glasses, a black blazer, and striped shirt.

Vernon Damani Johnson, Speaker

Dr. Johnson taught in the political science department at Western for 35 years. His research focuses on settler colonial states in the global system. On several occasions he led community learning classes to South Africa to study the role of nongovernmental organizations in community development.

Accommodations and Other Details

Contact Fairhaven College for this event if you have questions or need disability accommodations by calling (360) 650-6680 or visit Fairhaven World Issues Forum

Advance notice for disability accommodations and special needs is greatly appreciated. Please indicate your special needs on the registration form.

There will be auto-captions available for the Zoom webinar.

Limited paid parking is available in the C lots at the south end of campus and in lots 6V and 7G at the north end of campus. Western provides comprehensive parking details—including lot locations, applicable fees, and campus map.