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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The ICGC Dr. Albie Sachs Talk

THE INTERDISCIPLINARY CENTER for the Study of Global Change is pleased to announce its talk "Challenges and Successes in Post-Apartheid South Africa" given by former South Africa Constitutional Court Justice Albie Sachs on Thursday, October 2 from 12:15 - 2:00 pm at the 3M Auditorium - Carlson School of Management.

Dr. Albie Sachs, internationally renowned human rights and anti-apartheid activist, writer, lawyer and former South Africa Constitutional Court Justice, will offer remarks on challenges and successes in the new South Africa. Dr. Sachs' career has included human rights activism starting at age 17, spanning participation in the Congress of the People at Kliptown where the Freedom Charter was adopted, advocating for people charged under racist statutes and repressive security laws, prolonged spells of detention and exile, and serving on the South African Constitutional Committee and the National Executive of the African National Congress (ANC) during the process of transforming South Africa into a constitutional democracy. President Nelson Mandela appointed Dr. Sachs in 1994 to serve on the newly established Constitutional Court. Considering a post-apartheid South Africa one year after Nelson Mandela's death, Dr. Sachs will reflect on the future of the struggle for freedom and justice in South Africa and elsewhere. His talk will provide the foundation for a November screening of a documentary film on his life entitled Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa.