South Africa

Op-Ed

The Despots' Democracy

Author: Michael J. Gerson
Washington Post

Late April saw a letter from President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa to President Bush, angrily condemning the U.S. for taking sides against Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe. Michael Gerson points out that this is just one of many examples of the South African president’s apparent endorsement of regimes that violate human rights.

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Foreign Affairs Article

Mbeki's South Africa

Author: Jeffrey Herbst

Despite remarkable progress since the end of apartheid, South Africa today is badly wracked by AIDS and severe wealth inequalities, with a leadership still fixated on racial struggle. After more than a decade in power, the ANC has yet to reconcile its various ambitions: curbing racism, promoting political participation, and advancing the interests of all South Africans.

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Event

William Kentridge: Five Themes

Introductory Speaker: Glenn Lowry
Speaker: William Kentridge
Presider: Richard Haass

 

This large-scale exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) surveys nearly three decades of work by South African artist William Kentridge. Dealing with subjects as sobering as apartheid, colonialism, and totalitarianism, his work offers a glimpse into the daily lives of South Africans. This exhibition explores five primary themes in Kentridge's art from the 1980s to the present, and underscores the inter­relatedness of his mediums and disciplines. Please join us at MoMA for a discussion with William Kentridge, Richard N. Haass, and Glenn D. Lowry followed by a private viewing of William Kentridge: Five Themes.

This event is made possible by the generous support of Bank of America.


5:30 to 6:15 PM Reception
6:15 to 7:00 PM Introductory Remarks and Discussion
7:00 to 8:30 PM Reception and Private Viewing of Exhibit
at
Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues

Please use The Ronald S. and Jo Carole Lauder Building entrance.

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