Professor Elleke Boehmer will join us on 21 February to talk about Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), first president of democratic South Africa, as a world life–a national leader whose life also had global dimensions. How did this passionately nationalist leader, who identified himself completely with his country and his people, also appeal to the world? And what is his legacy for the globalised 21st century?
Elleke Boehmer is Professor of World Literature in English, in the English Faculty at the University of Oxford. She is also the director of The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities and deputy director of the Oxford Life Writing Centre at Wolfson College. She has written five monographs and five novels, including a biography of Nelson Mandela (2008). During February 2017, she is a Visiting Fellow at the NCB, School of History, ANU.
Date: 22 February 2017
Venue: McDonald Room, Menzies Library, ANU
Time: 3.30 pm