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Georgetown Faculty Available to Comment on Nelson Mandela's Life and Legacy

Georgetown University faculty members are available to comment on Former South African President Nelson Mandela. To arrange interviews with these experts, please contact the Office of Communications at 202-687-4328. On-campus ReadyCam television studio and ISDN line available for live and taped interviews.

  • Marcia Chatelain, assistant professor of history, can discuss Mandela's impact on student activism in the U.S., particularly the link between Civil Rights and student movements and the cause of anti-apartheid. "Nelson Mandela's plight to see a democratic South Africa shaped the consciousness of millions of American students, who urged their universities to end their financial ties to the apartheid nation," says Chatelain. "Mandela's incarceration and struggle not only inspired the people of South Africa, but it also sustained and empowered a deep tradition of young people advocating for a better world and better future."
  • Amadou Koné, professor in the French department, researches and teaches on the literature (oral and written) and cultures of Africa. "Africa needed to show that, like the other continents, it has eminent persons who incarnate the highest values appreciated by men from all over the world,” said Koné to Georgetown student newspaper The Hoya. “Nelson Mandela is one of these great Africans. He is the purest incarnation of these individuals and his actions, his philosophy, his example are known in his country, in Africa and in the whole world and have changed how Africans are seen.”
  • Callisto Madavo, visiting professor of the African Studies Program, is an expert in African development and formerly served as Regional Vice President for the Africa Region at the World Bank.
  • Gwendolyn Mikell, professor of anthropology, is a political and economic anthropologist whose research interests are in African political and economic transitions, democratization and peace, African feminism, and the political /religious dynamics of African women’s organizations.


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