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Lecture at National Centre of Biography, ANU: “Nelson Mandela: A World Life”
21 February 2017 at 3:30 pm
Professor Boehmer will speak about Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), first president of democratic South Africa, as a world life—a national leader whose life also had global dimensions. How 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? His story of patient onward progression towards justice and democracy, as told in his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom (1994), traces one of the most resonant political stories of the twentieth century, whose influence impacted South Africa, and the rest of the southern African sub-continent, and by extension, if in highly mediatized ways, the world.