Leader of South Africa's University of the Free State to give Mandela lecture

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Jonathan Jansen, vice chancellor and rector at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa, and president of the South African Institute of Race Relations, will deliver the annual Nelson Mandela Lecture titled “Will Nelson Mandela Rise on the Third Day? The Meaning of a Leader for Social and Educational Transformation” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at the Nittany Lion Inn's Boardroom 1.

Professor Jansen holds a doctorate from Stanford University, a master of science degree from Cornell University and honorary doctorates of education from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), Cleveland State University and the University of Vermont. He is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association and a Fellow of the Academy of Science of the Developing World. His book "Knowledge in the Blood: Confronting Race and the Apartheid Past" (Stanford 2009) was listed as one of the best books of that year by the American Libraries Association. His new book, "Schools that Work," uses video-documentaries to capture what happens inside disadvantaged schools which nevertheless produce the best results in physical science and mathematics in South Africa. He also writes popular books like "Great South African Teachers" (with two students) and "We Need to Talk, and We Need to Act" (2013), and is a columnist for The Times and Die Burger. He recently was awarded the Education Africa Lifetime Achiever Award in New York and the Spendlove Award from the University of California for his contributions to tolerance, democracy and human rights.

The Mandela Lecture has been given by prominent figures such as Mahmood Mamdani, Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Bill Fletcher, Myriam Chancy, Kwame Anthony Appiah and Crain Soudien.

Sponsored by the Africana Research Center, the Mandela Lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Managing Director Tracy Beckett at the Africana Research Center at 814-865-6482 or visit http://www.arc.psu.edu/ online.

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Last Updated February 21, 2014