6th “Mandela and I” Monthly Lecture Series with Father Lapsley
13 June 2015, 14:00–15:30
2F Reception Hall, United Nations University, 53-70, Jingumae 5-chome, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925
The United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) initiated a monthly lecture series on the theme of “Mandela and I” for people who are interested in studying the lessons and legacies of Nelson Mandela as a way to improve their understanding of leadership and moral authority in the world. The lecture series is organized as part of the UNU-IAS project on Education for Sustainable Development in Africa (ESDA), along with the cooperation of the South African Embassy in Tokyo.
For our sixth, and penultimate, lecture in the series, we welcome Father Michael Lapsley, Representative of the Institute for Healing of Memories (IHOM) in Cape Town, South Africa. After he was expelled from South Africa during apartheid, Father Lapsley became a member of the African National Congress and mobilised support against apartheid. Following Nelson Mandela’s release from prison, Father Lapsley was sent a letter bomb from which he lost both hands and his sight in one eye. He established the Institute for Healing of Memories, which offers opportunities for South Africans to tell their stories in workshops where they work through their trauma.
The 1.5 hour lecture session will consist of a 35–45 minute lecture by Father Michael Lapsley, including a viewing of a film clip, and a subsequent Q&A and discussion session.
For more information, please see the event announcement on the UNU-IAS website.
(１) Purpose of the talk
(２) 16 years of life in South Africa
(３) South Africa 20 year of democracy
２ Period under Apartheid and Oppression
(１) Role of Diplomatic Community
(２) Life under Apartheid
３ What Nelson Mandela left with us
(１) Who is Nelson Mandela
(２) Achievements of his Leadership
(３) His philosophy on Humanity
(４) “Mandela Moment”
(５) Mandela and Japan
(６) Toward inclusive development
４ Conclusion Sharing Mandela Legacy
Three Quotes I made during my talk.
“I always knew that deep down in every human heart, there is mercy and generosity. No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. Even in the grimmest times in prison, when my comrades and I were pushed to our limits, I would see a glimmer of humanity in one of the guards, perhaps just for a second, but it was enough to reassure me and keep me going. Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.”
(from “Long Walk to Freedom”)
“During my lifetime I have dedicated my life to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal for which I hope to live for and to see realised. But, if it needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”
(from the speech made by Nelson Mandela from dock of the defendant on 20 April 1964 at the Rivonia Rrial)
“How well have I applied his lessons in my own life? It’s a question I ask myself, as a man and as a President….. For around the world today, we still see children suffering from hunger and disease. We still see run-down schools. We still see young people without prospects for the future. Around the world today, men and women are still imprisoned for their political beliefs, and are still persecuted for what they look like, and how they worship, and who they love. That is happening today….. There are too many people who happily embrace Madiba’s legacy of racial reconciliation, but passionately resist even modest reforms that would challenge chronic poverty and growing inequality. There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba’s struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people. (Applause.) And there are too many of us on the sidelines, comfortable in complacency or cynicism when our voices must be heard… Nelson Mandela reminds us that it always seems impossible until it is done. …. We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again. But let me say to the young people of Africa and the young people around the world — you, too, can make his life’s work your own. Over 30 years ago, while still a student, I learned of Nelson Mandela and the struggles taking place in this beautiful land, and it stirred something in me. It woke me up to my responsibilities to others and to myself, and it set me on an improbable journey that finds me here today. And while I will always fall short of Madiba’s example, he makes me want to be a better man. (Applause.) He speaks to what’s best inside us…. Let us search for his largeness of spirit somewhere inside of ourselves. And when the night grows dark, when injustice weighs heavy on our hearts, when our best-laid plans seem beyond our reach, let us think of Madiba and the words that brought him comfort within the four walls of his cell: “It matters not how strait the gate, how charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.”
(from Remarks by President Obama at Memorial Service for Former South African President Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium, 10th December, 2013)
“Nelson Mandela Memorial Lecture: South Africa – Twenty Years of Freedom and a Vision for the Future”
In April 1994, South Africans of all races voted in the country’s first democratic election, averting a potential all-out racial war, bringing the ANC to power and making Nelson Mandela the first President of a free South Africa…Click on images for full Japanese and English event posters.