Lynch Lecture Features South African Reconciliation Innovator

Posted: March 14, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, a visiting fellow at the Center for the Study of Values in Public Life at Harvard Divinity School and a faculty associate at Brandeis University, presents “On the Frontline of Forgiveness: A South African Perspective,” tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall for the annual Lynch Lecture.

Gobodo-Madikizela has been an innovator in the field of reconciliation. She initiated the first public program to reach out to victims of Apartheid atrocities, chaired the victims’ public hearings, conducted public debates on reconciliation, and facilitated encounters between victims and perpetrators as a member of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Cape Town, South Africa. She is a graduate of Fort Hare University, Rhodes University, and the University of Cape Town. She is currently writing her first book, The Cry of Apartheid’s Crusader, which is based on her interviews with Eugene de Kock, the most notorious perpetrator of atrocities during the apartheid era.

The Lynch Lecture is sponsored by the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and is named for Vernon M. and Minnie I. Lynch, parents of ICAR benefactors Edwin and Helen Lynch.

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