Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela

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2019 Sir John Graham Lecture | Across Our Fault Lines

Repairing the brokenness of the past


Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela
Stellenbosch University

6pm, Friday, 5 July | Pullman Hotel

with the support of the
New Zealand Law Foundation

and exclusive wine sponsor
Martinborough Vineyard



Every society must negotiate how it will repair acts of wrongdoing— whether in the individual experience of crimes committed against particular victims, or through the ongoing social consequences of cultural, racial, or religious conflict.

Since serving on South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Professor Pumla 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.”

In her 2019 Sir John Graham Lecture, 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.


$175 (single) or $1,595 (table of 10). Pricing includes GST.
RSVP (by Wednesday, 26 June)
Tickets limited, please call 09 627 3261 (ext. 2) or email us at
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Once you have registered, payment details will be made available. Your place will be confirmed when payment has been received. For cancellation policy please refer to your invoice.


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.”

Since completing her doctorate at the University of Cape Town, Professor Gobodo-Madikizela has taught, studied, and spoken at academic institutions around the world, focusing on “questions of remorse, empathy, and forgiveness, exploring the role of dialogue when victims, perpetrators, and beneficiaries of gross human rights abuses have to live together.”

We are incredibly excited to be bringing Professor Gobodo-Madikizela to New Zealand for the first time to speak about her experiences and her work. We look forward to her valuable contributions to New Zealand’s ongoing conversations around issues of justice, relationship, grievance, and society.

For more information, or to reserve your tickets or a table of 10, please email Ella Anselmi at

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the New Zealand Law Foundation for this event. 

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