University of Cape Town's deputy vice-chancellor gives Mandela Lecture

October 31, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Africana Research Center’s (ARC) ninth annual Nelson Mandela Lecture was delivered Oct. 23 by Crain Soudien, deputy vice-chancellor for transformation and social responsiveness at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa. Co-sponsored by the Department of African American Studies, the annual lecture is named after the civil rights activist who not only changed the sociopolitical structure of South Africa but also challenged the world to have a conscience in addressing human rights, and is aimed at recognizing and introducing the Penn State community to the scholarship of an African civil rights activist. 

During his three-day visit to Penn State, Soudien was well received, and in addition to giving a seminar as part of a symposium hosted by the Global Approaches to Intersectionality Research Project, he also had a packed schedule with several key administrators, namely University President Rodney Erickson and Provost Robert Pangborn; professor Michael Adewumi, vice provost for Global Programs; Collins Airhihenbuwa, department head in Biobehavioral Health; Karen Bysiewicz, associate dean in Graduate and International Programs, and professor of international practice skills; David Post, professor of education in the Higher Education Program and Comparative & International Education; Ikubolajeh Logan, director and professor in the African Studies Program; and Paul Taylor, professor and head of the Department of African American Studies. 

The evening commenced with a welcome by ARC Director Lovalerie King, associate professor of African-American studies and women's studies, followed by an introduction given by ARC Managing Director and UCT alumna Tracy Beckett. The inspirationally motivated talk was titled “Nelson Mandela, Robben Island and the Imagination of a New South Africa,” and is available for viewing online at Photos of the lecture can also be found at and on the Africana Research Center’s Facebook page.



  • Pictured, from left, are President Rodney Erickson, Nelson Mandela Lecturer Crain Soudien, Provost Robert Pangborn and ARC Managing Director Tracy Beckett.

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Last Updated November 05, 2012