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Jonathan Jansen - 3/4/14

Who We Are

Who We Are

March 4, 2014 - The Nelson Mandela Lecture with Jonathan Jansen, Ph.D..jpgJonathan Jansen is the Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State. He is the Honorary Professor of Education at the University of the Witwatersrand and Visiting Fellow at the National Research Foundation. Jansen also serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director for Advtech Limited and is the Chairman at the School Evaluation and Teacher Appraisal.

"'Will Nelson Mandela Rise on the Third Day?' The Meaning of a Leader for Social and Educational Transformation"

I will draw on the myths, mysteries and meanings drawn from the life of Nelson Mandela, from both personal experiences as well as the voluminous writings on his life, to extract what I believe to be critical messages for transforming higher education everywhere. I will especially share what I learnt from Madiba in my own leadership experiences as the first black president of a white university trapped in a horrific crisis of racism in 2009, and how the life and lessons offered by the former politician, prisoner, president and pensioner transformed this institution into an award-winning example of how to change in ways that meet the twin objectives of reconciliation and social justice beyond the narrow legal/criminal approach.

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