Great Lives Series: Nelson Mandela
Venue: Dodd Auditorium – University of Mary Washington
Feb 26, 2019 07:30 pm - 08:30 pm
UMW & BHM
Nelson Mandela, who died in 2013 at the age of 95, was many things: warrior, martyr, husband, statesman, and normal leader. Having spent 27 years in prison, he succeeded in liberating a country from a system of violent prejudice and he united oppressor and oppressed in a way that had never been done before. No one has explained this complex man better than Richard Stengel, author of Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, former editor of Time magazine, and MSNBC commentator.
Join in the James Farmer Multicultural Center’s celebration of these myriad movements, which represent achievements pf African Americans in fields as diverse as science and the arts to politics religion.
Speaker: Richard Stengel
As a magna cum laude of Princeton University, Richard Stengel won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, where he studied English and History. He subsequently taught at both Harvard and Princeton.
He has had distinguished careers in both journalism and public policy. As the longtime editor of Time Magazine, where he wrote more than 25 cover stories, he transformed that publication into a digital and social media powerhouse on a global scale. Under his stewardship, the magazine won its first magazine of the year award.
In the Obama administration Stengel served as Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, launching numerous programs and initiatives. He serves as a commentator on MSNBC.
Stengel spent a year and a half with Nelson Mandela, forming an unusual bond as they talked daily, allowing him to see first-hand the African leader’s strengths and weaknesses. The two collaborated on Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, after which Stengel wrote his own book titled Mandela’s Way: Lessons in Life, Leadership, and Love.