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Meanings of Mandela

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

“Meanings of Mandela” will gather together prominent scholars and thinkers to consider the life and legacy of one of the most respected figures of our era, Nelson Mandela. With welcome remarks by President Drew Faust, the event will feature reflections by Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka and former Massachusetts Chief Justice Margaret Marshall, dramatic readings of Mandela’s words, and a panel discussion featuring Harvard professors Jean and John Comaroff together with key public figures from South Africa, including Achille Mbembe, Zachie Achmat and Adam Habib. Harvard’s Kuumba singers will also be featured, as well as the award-winning images of South African photojournalist Greg Marinovich.

Tickets will be available at the Harvard Box Office beginning Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.  
*On the day of the event, doors will open at 3:15 for ticket holders.  

Event is free. Tickets Required. Limit of 2 tickets per person. Tickets valid until 3:45PM. Available by phone and internet for a fee. Call 617-496-2222 or reserve on line at

Event sponsors

Committee on African Studies

Hutchins Center for African and African American Research

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

Department of African and African American Studies

Harvard University Diversity Relations and Communications

Harvard University Office of the President


March 11, 2014
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Sanders Theatre
45 Quincy Street Cambridge,

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Admission: Event is free. Tickets Required.