OLLI at AU - Mandela and deKlerk: The Miracle

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4801 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest

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Washington, DC 20016

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Mandela and deKlerk: The Miracle

An account by an eyewitness observer of the extraordinarily unlikely, and relatively peaceful, political settlement in 1994 between South Africa’s white minority government and the anti-apartheid resistance, with a focus on the historic role of long-time political prisoner Nelson Mandela and apartheid’s golden boy, President Frederik Willem de Klerk. The lecture will cover the facilitative role of the United States; and current conditions in the country, including an assessment of the outcome almost 25 years later.

William E. Lucas retired in 2012 from the U.S. Department of State’s senior foreign service. He served 33 years with overseas assignments in Europe, Africa, East Asia, and South Asia. In addition to two tours of duty as a political officer in the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa, he served as a director in the African affairs office at the National Security Council; deputy director of the Department’s southern African affairs; and desk officer for South Africa.

LOCATION: All spring lectures are held in the Spring Valley Building, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW, in Room A on the First Floor.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: The lecture hall holds 105 people. Due to limited seating, reservations through Eventbrite are required to attend lectures. Each registrant may reserve one seat. Your name must be on the list of registrants in order to enter the lecture and you must be in your seat five minutes before the lecture starts to guarantee your seat. Visit https://www.olli-dc.org/lecture_series_overview for more information.

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Washington, DC 20016

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