Commemorative meeting Nelson Mandela


Video duration: 
1 h 11 min.

Photo of a young MandelaNelson Mandela: The man and his legacy

The African Studies Centre (ASC) and ZAM Magazine have the honour to invite you to join us in commemorating Nelson Mandela on Wednesday 11 December, 18:00-20:00. Several speakers will focus on the significance of Nelson Mandela and the roles he has played in various phases of a long liberation struggle. How does South Africa’s future look without Nelson Mandela?


18:00 Welcome and refreshments in the Central Hall

18:15 Screening of Eric Miller’s film Mandela in My Life: South Africans Pay Tribute

18:20 Opening address by the ASC’s Director, Prof. Ton Dietz

18:30 Presentation by Dr Ineke van Kessel (ASC), the author of Mandela in een notendop: The Making of Nelson Mandela: The Construction of an Icon

18:55 A few words from Jos Damen (ASC) about the song ‘Free Nelson Mandela’

19:00 Presentation by Dr Harry Wels (ASC): 'Nelson Mandela: A Future for South Africa Based on a Legacy of Moral Leadership?'

19:25 Carina van de Walt reads her poem ‘Dorkas vir Mandela’

19:30 Panel discussion led by Bart Luirink (ZAM Magazine) and Ineke van Kessel (ASC) followed by a question and answer session

20:00 Coffee

Language: English

Anyone who would like to is invited to write a few words in memory of Nelson Mandela in a special book of remembrance. Alternatively, you could prepare a text in advance and bring it with you for inclusion in the book.

This evening is being jointly organized by the African Studies Centre and ZAM Magazine.

Language: English

Entrance: free. Sandwiches provided.

For catering reasons, we kindly ask you to register:

Press: please register. For press information, please contact Marieke van Winden: (+31) (0)6 407 30491 or Fenneken Veldkamp (+31) (0)6 5121 9944.

Date, time and location

11 December 2013
18.00 - 20.00
Pieter de la Courtgebouw / Faculty of Social Sciences, Wassenaarseweg 52, 2333 AK Leiden (10 minutes from Leiden Central Station)
Room SC01