Wednesday, September 17, 2014
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
SMU, Dallas Hall, McCord Auditorium
Piero Gleijeses and Rozell "Prexy" Nesbitt
Ronald Reagan and the Struggle Over Apartheid
In 1986, anti-apartheid leader Archbishop Desmond Tutu announced that Ronald Reagan would be “judged harshly by history” for vetoing economic sanctions against South Africa. Reagan’s administration insisted on a policy of “constructive engagement” with South Africa despite significant pressure from American citizens to come out more strongly against the racist regime.
In this American struggle over apartheid, the explosion of activism in support of southern African liberation movements enabled Congress to override Reagan’s veto and impose sanctions with the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act.
This event is co-sponsored by the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute’s Seminar “Global Africa: Between Intervention and Engagement.” It will feature a discussion between two distinguished guests:
A light reception will precede the event beginning at 5:30 pm, with the lecture starting at 6:00 pm. Professor Gleijeses’ latest publication, Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991, will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation.
Parking will be available on the SMU campus. FREE passes will be emailed to registered guests before the event.