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Biographical Notes and Sponsor Information

[Please note that these biographical notes describe the individuals at the time of their participation in the Nelson Mandela event at Harvard, and are likely out of date as of the re-creation of this website in 2014. With thanks, Emily Mace, Director]. 

Kwesi Botchwey

Dr. Botchwey is Director of Africa Programs for the Harvard Institute for International Development. A leading advocate of African economic reform, he spearheaded a program of economic transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) in his capactiy as Ghana’s Minister of Finance from 1982 to 1995.

Victor Carpenter

Dr. Carpenter has been an active proponent of South African liberation since he was the minister of the Unitarian Church of South Africa in Capetown from 1962-67. He then served as a minister in Philadelphia, Boston, and San Francisco.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Dr. Gates is the W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities, Professor of English; Chair, Afro-American Studies and Director, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University. His editorial activities include the Black Periodical Literature Project, the Norton Anthology of Afro-American Literature, and the recent publication of Microsoft’s Encarta Africana, a CD-ROM encyclopedia devoted to African culture worldwide.

Peter J. Gomes

Dr. Gomes is Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at Harvard University and Pusey Minister in The Memorial Church. He is the author of the 1996 New York Times best seller The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart.

Richard M. Hunt

Dr. Hunt has been University Marshal at Harvard since 1982. He is a Senior Lecturer in Social Studies in the University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences and an officer in the Harvard International Office.

Neil Rudenstine

Dr. Rudenstine is the President of Harvard University.

Jeffrey D. Sachs

Dr. Sachs, Galen L. Stone Professor of International Trade at Harvard University, has directed the Harvard Institute for International Development since 1995. Professor Sachs serves as an economic advisor to developing countries worldwide. He has also been a consultant to the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the OECD, andthe United Nations Development Program.

Herbert F. Vetter

Dr. Vetter is now retired from his triple role as the Minister at Large of the First Parish in Cambridge, Harvard Square, a Chaplain to the University, and Director of Cambridge Forum.

Special Cosponsors of the National Public Television Broadcast
Harvard Honors Nelson Mandela

National-International Organizations

Harvard Alumni Association
The Publisher of Harvard Magazine
The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

Metropolitan Organizations

Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist
The First Parish in Cambridge, Massachusetts
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Dallas, Texas
Meadville/Lombard Theological School, Chicago, Illinois
Social Justice Committee, First Unitarian Universalist Church, Columbus, Ohio
Starr King School for the Ministry, Berkeley, California
The Unitarian Church of All Souls, New York
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, Virginia
The Unitarian Universalist Congregations of Delaware County, Pennsylvania

Cosponsors of Cambridge Forum

The First Parish in Cambridge (Harvard Square)
The Lowell Institute (Boston)
The M.I.T. Chaplains (Interfaith)
The United Ministry at Harvard and Radcliffe (Interfaith)


Mandela At Harvard

Cambridge Forum Radio Program – a 30 minute CD featuring Mandela’s Harvard Address for $15.  E-mail:  director@cambridgeforum.org or telephone 617-495-2727.

Click here to view supplemental reading about Nelson Mandela on Amazon.

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