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The Future of the South African Dream: Thabo Mbeki, Jacob Zuma & the April 2009 Elections

A conversation with author and journalist Mark Gevisser and Los Angeles Times reporter Scott Kraft. Featuring special guest actor Blair Underwood.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
UCLA Fowler Museum
Lenart Auditorium
UCLA campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Mark Gevisser is author of "A Legacy of Liberation: Thabo Mbeki and The Future of the South African Dream." After graduating from Yale in 1987 magna cum laude with a degree in comparative literature, Mark worked in New York, writing for Village Voice and The Nation before returning to South Africa in 1990. He is currently The Nation’s Southern African correspondent. In South Africa, his work has appeared in the Mail & Guardian, the Sunday Independent, the Sunday Times and many magazines and periodicals. Internationally, he has published widely on South African politics, culture and society, in publications ranging from Vogue and the New York Times to Foreign Affairs and Art in America.

Mark has previously published two books – Defiant Desire, Gay and Lesbian Lives In South Africa (Routledge, 1994), which he co-edited with Edwin Cameron, and Portraits of Power: Profiles in a Changing South Africa (David Philip, 1996), a collection of his celebrated political profiles from the Mail & Guardian. He has also published widely, in anthologies, on sexuality and on urbanism in South Africa. His essay, “Inheritance”, appears in the award-winning new anthology, Beautiful/Ugly (Duke/Kwela, 2006). His feature-length documentary, The Man Who Drove With Mandela, made with Greta Schiller, has been broadcast internationally, and won the Teddy Documentary Prize at the Berlin Film Festival in 1999. The film is an excavation of the life of Cecil Williams, the South African gay communist theatre director. Mark has also written scripts for the South African drama series Zero Tolerance; his scripts were short-listed for SAFTA and Emmy awards.

Scott Kraft, currently senior editor and roving correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, has covered or directed coverage of many of the world’s top stories during more than two decades as an editor and reporter. As National Editor from 1997 until 2008, Kraft directed the paper’s coverage of many major stories, including 9/11, Columbine, the 2000 Florida recount and Hurricane Katrina. He ran the paper’s presidential campaign coverage in 2000, 2004 and 2008. Under Kraft, the National staff won four Pulitzer Prizes. Kraft became an editor after a distinguished career as a national and foreign correspondent for The Times, with postings in Chicago and as bureau chief in Nairobi, Johannesburg and Paris. He has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing and won the Society of Professional Journalists award for Outstanding Foreign Correspondence.


Cost : Free and open to the public

African Studies Center

Sponsor(s): African Studies Center, Artists for A New South Africa

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