Africa Notes: What Can Academia Contribute to a Postapartheid South Africa? - September 1987
September 15, 1987
South Africa confronts American academia with a multidimensional challenge. Most dramatically, this challenge has taken the form of student, faculty, and societal antiapartheid pressure to persuade U.S. colleges and universities to divest financial holdings in U.S. firms with investments in South Africa. Debate and protest have centered on the fiduciary, political, and moral issues involved and have induced some major divestment decisions - as high as $3 billion in the case of the University of California. So long as South Africa remains under white rule, these issues threaten to continue, at least episodically, to galvanize and polarize students, faculty, administration, and trustees on U.S. campuses.