6th “Mandela and I” Monthly Lecture Series with Father Lapsley

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.


We look forward to welcoming you to this event.