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RACE & POLITICS - South African Constitutionalism, Past and Present (André Odendaal)

Monday, November 6, 2023 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

133 S. 36th Street, Room 250 (The Forum)
Free and open to the public / Food Provided
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ANDRÉ ODENDAAL JOINS THE MITCHELL CENTRE'S RACE AND POLITICS SERIES to discuss two of his award nominated books, The Founders (2013) and Dear Comrade President: Oliver Thambo and the Foundations of South Africa's Constitution (2022). With perspectives from either end of the 20th century, these books explore the critical role of Black intellectuals in constructing South Africa's past and present constitutional culture. This history provides a critical context for contemporary debates about the role of constitutionalism in today's politically contentious world.

André Odendaal is a Vice-Chancellor's Writer-in-Residence at the University of the Western Cape (South Africa) Centre for Humanities Research. He has over 40 years of experience as a historian, author and political activist. He has also written extensively on sports in South Africa and served as the founding director of the Robben Island Museum World Heritage Site. More information is available at