Events & Reunions

The Challenge of Peace-Making and the Pursuit of Justice with Mac Maharaj

Sponsored by:

Institute for Global Leadership, Co-sponsored by Peace and Justice Studies, Africana Center, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, International Relations Program and Office of the Provost

Location: Cabot Auditorium 419 Boston Avenue, Medford, Massachusetts | See Map

When: Thursday, October 12, 2017, 6:00 pm (iCal)


The Robert and JoAnn Bendetson Public Diplomacy Initiative welcomes Mac Maharaj, one of the founding fathers of post-apartheid South Africa.  Mr. Maharaj was a member of Nelson Mandela’s inner circle during the days of resistance in South Africa.  In 1977, after spending 12 years in prison on Robben Island, he was appointed secretary of the Internal Political and Reconstruction Department of the ANC.  He served on the revolutionary Council and National Executive Committee of the ANC, an underground program of armed resistance against the apartheid government.  After Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990, Maharaj was a lead negotiator for the ANC in talks with the National Party government and Joint Secretary of the Transnational Executive Council, overseeing South Africa’s transition to democracy.  Mandela appointed Maharaj minister of transport upon becoming president in 1994; Maharaj served in parliament until 1999.  Recently, he was also the official spokesperson for South African President Jacob Zuma.


Questions? Please contact Heather Barry at or 617-627-3934