Conferences & Symposia

Meanings of Mandela

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“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, February 25, 2014.
*On the day of the event, doors will open at 3:15 p.m. for ticket holders.

Event is free. Tickets are required. Limit of 2 tickets per person. Tickets are valid until 3:45 p.m. Available by phone and online for a fee. Call 617-496-2222 or reserve online at

Cosponsored by Harvard University Committee on African Studies, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University Department of African and African American Studies, Harvard University Diversity Relations and Communications, and Harvard University Office of the President.