Garrey Dennie - 2/24/15

Who We Are

Who We Are

Garrey DennieGarrey Dennie is a Professor of History at St. Mary's College of Maryland. He obtained his first degree at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados and his Ph.D. at The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Dennie has also lectured at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica and Khanya College, Johannesburg, South Africa. As a Caribbean national who has studied in the USA and has lived and taught in Africa, Dr. Dennie used this experience and expertise to create the Program in Africa and African Diaspora Studies at St. Mary's College. He has written and lectured extensively on the politics of death in modern South Africa. His major works include: Flames of Race, Ashes of Death: Re-inventing Cremation in Johannesburg and The Standard of Dying: Race, Indigence, and the Disposal of the Dead Body in Johannesburg. In 1990, when Nelson Mandela won his release from his 27-year long imprisonment in South Africa, Dr. Dennie had the remarkable experience of serving as one of Nelson Mandela's speech writers and has since offered several lectures on that experience to colleges and universities in the USA.

"Mandela's Words: Mightier than the Sword"

Nelson Mandela's death has triggered global outpouring of grief and memorials, a testament to his role in the struggle against apartheid. As a scholar of death, bereavement, and grief in South Africa, and as a former speech writer of Nelson Mandela, my lecture will speak to the intersection of these dual roles. As a scholar, I will explore how the language of liberation in the 1960s and the 1990s was deeply influenced by the specificities of time and place. As a Mandela speech writer, I will detail how living in the moment, the speech writers struggled to craft the language that would give momentum to the struggle to defeat apartheid.

Nittany Lion Inn, Board Room 1
6:00-7:30 p.m.

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2015 Nelson Mandela Lecture, February 24, 2015