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LECTURE: Politics with Soul in Dystopian Times - The Legacy of Nelson Mandela

An invited lecture by Dr. Vishanthie Sewpaul.

Our world has gone awry, characterized by internally and externally displaced people, violent extremism in its various facets, xenophobia, homophobia, gendered racism, and shifts towards narrow nationalism to the exclusion and vilification of the Other. Of particular concern is the manufacture of consent so that lies and myths are constructed as authorized truths. Dr. Sewpaul draws on personal experience and the African concept of Ubuntu to discuss how a transformed consciousness can contribute to political engagement and change. Against contemporary dystopia, Nelson Mandela’s politics with soul and utopianism provide us with a politics of hope. 

Vishanthie Sewpaul is an eminent scholar in the field of policy and social work education in post-apartheid South Africa. A Professor Emeritus at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, she has exercised leadership positions at the national, regional and global levels. In 2013, the Ministry of Science and Technology in South Africa honored Professor Sewpaul as a Distinguished Women in Science Award recipient, recognizing her outstand-ing contribution to building South Africa’s scientific and research knowledge base. 

This event is open to the public. Join us for a reception with refreshments at 5:00 p.m. 

The lecture will begin at 5:30 p.m. 

This event is sponsored by the FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, FSU College of Social Work and the FSU Civil Rights Institute.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm

The Claude Pepper Center, Broad Auditorium 636 West Call Street, Tallahassee, FL 32306

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