Suspect Reconcilliation

On Friday, I attended ‘Suspect Reconciliation’, a seminar held in Cape Town, at which critically acclaimed Chilean-American author and human rights activist, Ariel Dorfman, discussed the project of national reconciliation with four new-generation South African authors. Dorfman lauded the young writers’ bravery in writing freely and honestly. The discussion turned to the recent Protection of Information Bill and the importance of keeping open spaces for public deliberation, including the arts and literature. Here are some resources made available by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, with Professor Ndebele’s thought piece as an overview. Ariel Dorfman will present the Eighth Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture at Johannesburg’s Linder Auditorium on July 31, 2010.

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