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Rory Steyn, “One Step Behind Mandela” Thurs 4/3 5pm


“One Step Behind Mandela: Race, Reconciliation, and the New South Africa”

Thursday 3rd April at 5pm, British and Irish Studies Room, 5th floor of Norlin Library

Please join us for an evening with Rory Steyn, Nelson Mandela’s former head of presidential security.  Steyn was appointed by the South African Police as Team Leader of the President’s personal protection detail and served Mandela for his entire presidency, later writing about his experiences in the book One Step Behind Mandela, the title of his lecture here at CU.

In his talk (followed by a question/answer session), Steyn will speak about Mandela’s life and presidential philosophy, as well as the challenges that the New South Africa faces in confronting its racially segregated past.  South Africa is one of the world’s nations at the forefront – and with the greatest experience – of reconciliation and rebuilding : its Truth and Reconciliation Commission (1995-8) has provided a model oft-copied by other countries seeking to work through their difficult pasts.  Yet this process, of course, has been complex and often problematic.

Please join us for this extraordinary event that will serve to reveal much about one of the most celebrated figures in recent history, and illuminate the trials and tribulations of reconciliation.

This event would not have been possible without a tremendous amount of support from a variety of departments and centers here on campus.  They include the Center for Western Civilization, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement and the President’s Faculty Diversity Fund, the Global Studies Residential Advisory Program, as well as the Departments of History, Philosophy, Anthropology, Sociology, Geography, and the Arts and Sciences Fund for Excellence.