ZANESVILLE, Ohio (April 16, 2007) -- Ryland Fisher, former chief editor of the South African newspaper, The Cape Times, will speak at the Ohio University-Zanesville campus on Thursday, April 19. His presentation, "Identity, Culture and Historical Consciousness: The Politics of Race, Revolution and Reconciliation" begins at 7 p.m. in the Elson HallAuditorium.
Fisher is a freelance journalist, entrepreneur, and owner of a communications company dedicated to bringing people together in spite of differences.
Fisher has worked for several newspapers in South Africa, including The Cape Herald, South, The Sunday Times, and The Cape Times. During his time as editor of The Cape Times, Fisher began an editorial project called 'One City, Many Cultures' as an attempt to deal with racial intolerance and to make people aware of different cultures in the city. This project led to the One City Festival, later renamed the Cape Town Festival.
Fisher currently serves on the board of the Cape Town Community Housing Company and chairs the board of the One City Events Company, which organizes the Cape Town Festival.
In addition to these projects, Fisher writes a weekly column on black economic empowerment for another of South Africa's major newspapers, the Citizen, and for the Moneyweb Web site. He also writes a monthly column for the Big Issue and serves on its board. The Big Issue is a magazine that helps homeless people.
While at Emory, Fisher worked on a book titled "In Black, White and Coloured: Reflections on Race and Racism in Post-Apartheid South Africa." The book explores race and racism through interviews with a variety of South Africans, including, among others, mixed race couples, the leader of a white homeland, a family from the Cape Flats, and teenagers at a mixed race school.
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