From our colleagues at Duke, two great events next week featuring Nelson Mandela archivist Verne Harris:
MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2011
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Rare Book Room, Perkins Library (note location)
Co-sponsored with the John Hope Franklin Research Center
Verne Harris has been Nelson Mandela’s archivist since 2004. He is head of the Memory Programme at the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Centre of Memory and Dialogue, an honorary research associate with the University of Cape Town, and former Deputy Director of South Africa’s National Archives. He will give a public talk about the Memory Programme at the Centre of Memory and Dialogue.
Reception to follow. More detailed information here
TUESDAY, OCTOBER, 18, 2011
ARCHIVES & JUSTICE: a faculty/graduate seminar with VERNE HARRIS, Center of Memory & Dialogue, Nelson Mandela Foundation
Location: Franklin Humanities Institute Garage (C105, Bay 4, 1st Floor, Smith Warehouse)
Lunch provided – Space limited, sign up by Oct 11 via this link
Co-sponsored by the John Hope Franklin Research Center at the University Duke Libraries
You are invited to engage Verne Harris, Nelson Mandela’s archivist since 2004, on questions of “archive,” “deconstruction” and “postmodernisms.” He will open the discussion with a brief reflection on legacy and the archive through three intersecting enquiries: the South African tradition of “memory for justice”; deconstruction’s insistence that the work of archive is justice; and the legacies of Nelson Mandela and Jacques Derrida.
Readings will be available very soon electronically – by signing up at the link above, you will be added to the reading distribution list automatically.
Verne Harris is head of the Memory Programme at the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Centre of Memory and Dialogue, an honorary research associate with the University of Cape Town, and former Deputy Director of South Africa’s National Archives.