Northwestern University

Thu 5:00 PM

Democracy Rising: Citizen Power in South Africa and the World

When: Thursday, April 24, 2014
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM  

Where: Parkes Hall, Room 122, 1870 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free

Contact: Esmeralda Kale   1.847.491.3941

Group: University Libraries

Program of African Studies

Category: Multicultural & Diversity


The dismantling of apartheid in South Africa was perhaps one of the greatest challenges of the late 20th century. Today as we mark 20 years of democracy in South Africa, we reflect on the spread of freedom throughout the world. From Egypt to Ukraine, ordinary citizens clamor for change and come together to bring about political, economic, and social justice. Join Northwestern University Library and the Department of African Studies for an evening with activist Allan Boesak as he reflects on South Africa’s road to democracy from the anti-apartheid movement to today and the current struggle for justice throughout the world.

Born in 1946, in Kakamas, Northern Cape, South Africa, Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak is a theologian, humanitarian, prolific author and tireless advocate for social justice. Boesak is one of the world’s preeminent authorities on liberation theology and was named the Desmond Tutu Chair of Peace, Global Justice, and Reconciliation Studies by the Christian Theological Seminary and Butler University in 2013.

Boesak studied at the University of Western Cape and earned his doctorate in theology from the Protestant Theological University in Kampen, the Netherlands. His early activism and service led to international recognition as an influential leader in the fight against apartheid. During the 1980s he worked alongside Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela to lead efforts against apartheid and promote reconciliation. He has served as President of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and advisor to the Apartheid Commission of the United Nations. A prolific writer, Boesak has authored 17 books, and edited or co-edited four, in addition to publishing numerous articles on theology and politics.


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