Center for International Studies Presents: The World Beyond the Headlines

After Mandela: The Struggle for Freedom in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Wednesday, October 17th
6:00 - 7:30 PM
International House
1414 East 59th Street
Free & Open to the Public. A light reception will be held prior to the program from 4:45-5:45 pm.
Recent works on South Africa have focused primarily on Nelson Mandela’s transcendent story. But Douglas Foster, a leading South Africa authority with early, unprecedented access to President Zuma and to the next generation in the Mandela family, traces the nation’s entire post-apartheid arc, from its celebrated beginnings under “Madiba” to Thabo Mbeki’s tumultuous rule to the ferocious battle between Mbeki and Jacob Zuma. Foster tells this story not only from the point of view of the emerging black elite but also, drawing on hundreds of rare interviews over a six-year period, from the perspectives of ordinary citizens, including an HIV-infected teenager living outside Johannesburg and a homeless orphan in Cape Town.
Douglas Foster is an Associate Professor at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, where he oversees the South African Journalism Residency Program. Foster's most recent major feature stories are “Jacob’s Ladder,” in the June 2009 Atlantic and “Letter from Johannesburg: The Trouble with Transformation,” in the September 2004 issue of Columbia Journalism Review. His most recent review in the Washington Post was “The Promise of South Africa,” published on Aug. 2, 2009. 

Part of The World Beyond the Headlines series. Cosponsored by the International House Global Voices Program, the Seminary Coop Bookstore, and the African Studies Workshop.
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  • Begins: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 6:00pm
  • Ends: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 7:30pm
  • Location: International House
  • Address: 1414 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637

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