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This session will be led by three Macalaster College professors who recently participated in a 3-week faculty seminar in South Africa. We will explore three important ideas about the impacts of apartheid in South Africa: First, we will examine the way race was constructed differently in South Africa, and draw comparisons to the uses of race in the US. Second, we will explore the ways that apartheid created a social hierarchy that is still very much in place, despite the political victories of black South Africans. Finally, we will examine the ways that the history of apartheid is both remembered and erased. For black people over 35, there is a keen memory of apartheid as an evil that motivated transnational solidarity. This session will provide important insight into the impacts of history for the conditions of black people in the US and on the continent.