October 25, 2012 | By Myron Belkind | email@example.com
The South African Night on the "Life, Legacy and Values of Nelson Mandela" at the Club from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30, has been expanded to include a major art exhibit exploring South Africa's artistic culture.
The exhibit of more than 20 art works by both emerging and established South African artists will include an iconic lithograph by Chris Ledochowski of Mandela¹s first public speech, delivered in Cape Town after he was released from prison in 1990.
The event will feature remarks honoring Mandela, a panel discussion on his legacy, followed by a question and answer session and a tasting of South African wines and ishes.
Additional food appetizers have been added to include biltong (spicy beef jerky), boerewors (coriander sausage with beef and pork), lamb sosaties, peri-peri chicken livers, pickled fish and vegetarian somosas.
The evening will open with the showing of video excerpts from Mandela's appearance at the Club as president of the country in 1994, one of two visits to the Club.
South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool will give introductory remarks, followed by Edward Perkins, who was the first black U.S. ambassador to South Africa from 1986 to 1989.
The panelists are:
---Charlene Smith, the author of the biography, "Mandela: A Celebration of a Great Life," and her newly published book, "Mandela and America." Books signed by Ms. Smith will be available for purchase.
---Phillip Van Niekerk, who was a journalist in South Africa for two decades covering the last years of apartheid and the transition to democracy. He worked for the anti-apartheid Weekly Mail and became editor of the paper from 1996 to 2001 after it was transformed into the Mail & Guardian.
--- Susan Collin Marks, a South African, is the author of "Watching the Wind: conflict resolution during South Africa's transition to apartheid,"which chronicles her experience from the front lines of the transition.
Tickets for Club members will be $10 and for non-members $15. Reservations
can be made via EventBrite here.