Join us for the Development Practice Public Lecture, delivered by Verne Harris, Director of Archive and Dialogue at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Cape Town.

This 30-minute lecture, followed by a 30-minute Q&A, will explore the following questions:

  • What are the conceptual and practical connections between memory and dialogue; and between negotiation and dialogue?
  • What has happened to South Africa 23 years since apartheid officially ended?
  • Did Nelson Mandela sell out black South Africans?
  • Is dialogue a liberal instrument of exclusion?
  • What do we mean by 'justice'?
  • Is a just collectivity (local and/or global) imaginable?

Verne Harris was Mandela's archivist from 2004 to 2013. He 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, Verne is best-known for leading the editorial team on best-seller Nelson Mandela: Conversations with Myself. He is the recipient of an honorary doctorate for the University of Cordoba Argentina, as well as archival publication awards from Australia, Canada and South Africa.

Both of Verne's novels were shortlisted for South Africa's M-Net Book Prize, and he has served on the Boards of Archival Science, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, the Freedom of Expression Institute, and the South African History Archive.

Please register online by 25 September.

About Development Practice Public Lecture

The Masters of Development Practice offers a unique, multidisciplinary approach to advancing the knowledge and skills of students who seek to obtain a better understanding of the challenges of development in the contemporary context.

The program is designed to enable students to appreciate the multifaceted nature of development, draw connections, identify challenges, and devise critically informed problem-solving strategies.

Taught by internationally recognised researchers, our courses bring together aspects of community level development, urban and regional planning, social planning and evaluation of development projects, and political as well as political economy analysis from local to global levels.

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