The ‘Think tank’ series is part of our aim …4.b. (to) Arrange round table discussions/seminars facilitated by selected scholars where new perspectives on current affairs can be explored. Outcomes of the discussions/seminars must assist in formulating hipotheses and perspectives as a result of probing and or conclusions.…
The seminar team comprising Rollie Schoeman and dr. Niël du Toit accomplishes the above objective by means of a formulated seminar format. The seminar team continually manages the group dynamic and levels of interaction of the concerned initiators and paricipants.
Our first step was a one-day seminar (March 29 2017) with suicide as the theme. It was kindly sponsored by the Drakenstein Municipality. Professor Lizette Rabe, one of ten scholars participated in the interdisciplinary one-day seminar entitled ‘Depression and Suicide’.
The second ‘Think tank’ session (November 9 and 10 2017) revolved around ‘Faith and Science’ and proved to be rewarding.
The selected participants all agreed that the Foundation should henceforth establish forums on social media where this theme, particularily the strained views between faith and science can be explored. The seminar team was assisted by the initiators dr. Piet van Staden (Theologian) and dr. Jurie van den Heever (Paleontologist).
Drought is a subject that recurs in the Eugène Marais’ writing. ‘Let there be water’, the third in the ‘Think tank’ series, touched on a topic that most South Africans are in awe of. Selwyn Roup of the Berg River Development Corridor acted as initiator during a one-day seminar on drought related issues. After numerous sessions guided by the programme the seminar team assimilated the contributions in an outcomes document. These findings were shared with the public during an informal discussion at the Zomerlust Guest House in Paarl on Februarie 1 2018.
It is in this manner that the Eugène Marais Foundation is instrumental in its objective to re-interpret and communicate the legacy of Eugène Marais.
The Foundation’s invitation to the public
Illustration: Eugène Marais Foundation