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Meeting and Working with Nelson Mandela: Politics and Memory in a Democratic State

By Ellen Gwin Burnette

BOONE, N.C.—On Tuesday, Sept. 5, Robert Haswell, geographer, political activist and former member of the Democratic Party of Parliament in South Africa, will present a lecture entitled, “Meeting and Working with Nelson Mandela: Politics and Memory in a Democratic State.” The event will take place at 7 p.m. in the Belk Library and Information Commons, Room 114 on the campus of Appalachian State University. The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion including Dr. Ike Udogu and Dr. Rob Eskridge of the Department of Government and Justice Studies.

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The event is free and open to the public.

Haswell was a Senior Lecturer in Geography at the University of Natal: Pietermaritzburg between 1974 and 1989, before entering Parliament in South Africa first as a member of the Democratic Party and then as an African National Congress Member of Parliament (1989-1994). Between 1996 and 2010 he served as the Municipal Manager and Senior Executive Manager of the Msunduzi Municipality and since 2016 is a Board member of the Umgungundlovu Economic Development Agency.

As a geographer and as a political activist, Haswell has written extensively on the cultural geography of place and memory, racial landscapes, racial and social justice, and sports as mediators of political antagonisms.

Udogu’s areas of expertise include international relations, comparative politics, African politics, human rights and conflict resolutions. Eskridge spent four years in South Africa working as an advisor to the South African National Treasury, assisting local governments implement national policies surrounding new budgeting and financial reporting policies.

These events are sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Government and Justice Studies and the Department of Geography and Planning.

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