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Sir John Graham Lecture, Auckland, 5 July

10 June 2019

The 2019 Sir John Graham Lecture, which is supported by the New Zealand law Foundation, will be given by Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela - Research Chair in Historical Trauma and Transformation at Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Since serving on South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Professor Gobodo-Madikizela has dedicated her life to understanding how we can bridge the differences that have been at the root of historic divisions through reconciliation and reparation, “creating spaces for dialogue, facing and mourning the past.”

Professor Gobodo-Madikizela will reflect on the successes and failures of the practice of reconciliation as a response to historic injustices; considering questions about its capacity to interrupt intergenerational cycles of suffering and to bring wholeness and lasting peace. Her scholarship and story will contribute to our conversation as we walk in our own history and questions.

Currently the Research Chair in Historical Trauma and Transformation at Stellenbosch University, Professor Gobodo-Madikizela’s work as a clinical psychologist on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa provided the basis for her multi-award winning book: A Human Being Died That Night: A South African Story of Forgiveness.


When: 5 July, 6pm

Where: The Pullman Hotel, Waterloo Quadrant, Auckland

Tickets: $175 (single) or $1,595 (table of 10) including GST.

RSVP by Wednesday, 26 June. Tickets limited, please call 09 627 3261 (ext. 2) or email Ella Anselmi at

Dress code: semi-formal

The Law Foundation has awarded up to $3,200 towards bringing Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela to New Zealand for this event.

Last updated on the 10th June 2019