Nelson Mandela in the 21st Century

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To mark the 100th anniversary of his birth, the legacy of Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), first president of democratic South Africa, will be considered - both within his country and in the wider world. Mandela’s was famously a world life, that is, he was a determinedly national leader whose vision and influence also had global dimensions. 

His biography Long Walk to Freedom (1994) traces one of the most resonant political stories of the past century. But in what ways did this passionately nationalist leader, who identified himself completely with his country and his people, also appeal to the world? And what is his legacy for the globalised 21st century?

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This event was on Wed, 06 Jun 2018


Professor Elleke Boehmer

Professor Boehmer is Professor of World Literature in English at the University of Oxford, and a Professorial Governing Body Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford.

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