Celebrating the Legacy of Nelson Mandela

Monday, April 28, 2014 - 14:00

“The Hard Work of Reconciliation”

 A Conference Honoring the Legacy of Nelson R. Mandela


Monday, April 28, 2014

International House

University of California, Berkeley



2-6 pm │ International House Auditoriums

2:00 pm │ Welcome: Prof. Nancy Scheper-Hughes

Key Note: Albie Sachs, Justice, South African Constitutional Court, “The Soft Vengeance of Radical Hope”

3:30 pm │ Panel 1 │ “The Hard Work of Reconciliation”

Linda Biehl¸Co-Founder and Director of the Amy Biehl Foundation US and the Amy Biehl Trust SA. Mother of Amy Biehl, who was murdered in political violence in Gugulethu Township, Cape Town, 1993.

Ntobeko Peni, Amy Biehl Foundation, South Africa. Following his conviction in the Biehl case, time spent in Victor Verster prison, Ntobeko was granted amnesty by the TRC, and has spent 15 years working for the Amy Biehl Foundation on behalf of changing children’s lives in the townships of Cape Town.

Manfred Jacobs, Warden, Victor Verster Prison, Paarl, Western Cape

Mandela spent his last year and a half in Victor Verster prison before his release in 1990; Ntobeko Peni served his prison term in the same prison, five years after Madiba was released to the world.

5:00 pm │ Welcome: Vice Chancellor and Provost Claude Steele

5:15 pm │ Panel 2 │ “No Reconciliation without Acknowledgement – the Assault on Indigenous Peoples”

Key Note: Davi Kopenawa¸a Yanonmami shaman and spokesman for his people. He will talk about Yanonmami land rights, the continuing threats to their lives and rainforest home and the importance of conserving the Amazon for humanity.]

Discussant: Ventura R. Perez, Bio-Archaeologist (UMass, Amherst), “Repatriation of Yaqui Indian Human Remains as Restorative Justice”