News 2011: South Africa freedom celebrated through Oct. 14

News 2011: South Africa freedom celebrated through Oct. 14
South Africa freedom celebrated through Oct. 14

Discussion of post-apartheid South Africa enlivened by exhibit, including a life-like replica of Nelson Mandela's prison cell.

The University is hosting the "Kathrada Exhibition," named for Ahmed Kathrada, who was among those anti-apartheid activist imprisoned with Nelson Mandela.   

The exhibit will be open through October 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the third floor of the Foster Administration Building. Special viewings may also be arranged by calling the Office of the Chancellor at 508.999.8004. 

The exhibit highlight is a life-like, Robben Island Cell that permits visitors to experience what Mandela, Kathrada and others felt during their decades of confinement. 

The exhibit, on loan from Michigan State University, was brought to campus to focus on the post-apartheid development of South Africa. 

The Honorable Albie Sachs, a key figure in the South Africa anti-apartheid movement and former Justice of the South Africa Constitutional Court, participated in a panel discussion on Sept. 26 in the Main Auditorium that attracted students, faculty, staff and community members. 

Sponsored by the UMass School of Law, the panel also included Mzamo Mangaliso, a professor the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and was moderated by Professor Stephen Clingman of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. All of the participants are natives of South Africa.