Nelson Mandela Leadership Forum: Leading Like Madiba - Lessons from the Life and Teachings of Nelson MandelaDecember 11, 2012
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hosted by the African Services Committee, 429 West 127th St, New York
This forum is free and open to teaching artists and other creative professionals.
RSVP to Zaheda Mohamed, firstname.lastname@example.org and (718) 784-7700 ext. 116. Limited spaces available.
Verne Harris offers a reflection on the character, life skills and personal disciplines of the human being behind the public figure. The reflection is positioned within a broader analysis of South Africa's transition to democracy, the reconciliation project, and the challenges for democratization in the contexts of globalization. At one level, Harris deconstructs Mandela, the global icon and symbol of 'the new South Africa.' At another, Harris seeks the attributes of an 'ordinary' human being who has done extraordinary things and who exemplifies a set of values which still offers inspiration to a South Africa confronting multiple challenges. Participants will be inspired to embrace the personal disciplines which have honed Mandela's character and a respected Global Leader.
Speaker: Verne Harris, Head of the Memory Programming at the Nelson Mandela Foundation
Head of Memory Programming at the Nelson Mandela Foundation's Centre of Memory, Verne Harris has been Mandela's archivist since 2004. He is an honorary research fellow with the University of Cape Town, participated in a range of structures which transformed South Africa's apartheid archival landscape, including the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and is a former Deputy Director of the National Archives. Widely published, he is probably best- known for leading the editorial team on the best-seller Nelson Mandela: Conversations with Myself. He is the recipient of archival publication awards from Australia, Canada and South Africa, and both his novels were short-listed for South Africa's M-Net Book Prize. He has served on the Boards of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, the Freedom of Expression Institute, and the South African History Archive.
This program is brought to you by the Nelson Mandela Center at the Museum for African Art and has been made possible by a generous grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.