Thursday, November 4, 2010

New York Times Bestselling Author to Speak at UWG

Dr. Mark Mathabane, New York Times bestselling author and South African native, will be coming to the University of West Georgia to discuss “Human Rights, Education, and the Lessons of Apartheid.” He will be speaking in the TLC Room 1305 on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m, with a reception and a book signing to follow.

His lecture, entitled “Human Rights, Education, and the Lessons of Apartheid” is inspired by his life story. Mathabane spent his childhood in poverty and oppressive circumstances. He escaped from apartheid in 1978 at the age of 18, when Stan Smith, former Wimbledon champion, arranged for Mathabane to receive a tennis scholarship to study in the United States.

He gradated cum laude with a degree in economics from Dowling College and studied journalism at Columbia University and the Poynter Media Institute. Mathabane is author of his autobiography “Kaffir Boy,” and has written several other books including “Kaffir Boy in America,” “African Women,” “Love in Black and White,” and “Miriam’s Song,” and his articles have appeared in The New York Times, Newsday and USA Today.

Mathabane has also made many media appearances, including “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Today,” CNN, NPR and Larry King.

For more information on Mathabane or his upcoming lecture, call 404-394-3336.

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