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Author Christo Brand, Nelson Mandela's Prison Guard Turned Friend, to Visit Campus Nov. 1

Friday, October 20, 2023

Christo Brand, author of “Doing Life with Mandela: My Prisoner, My Friend” will visit the UMass Amherst campus for an afternoon luncheon, discussion and lecture on Wednesday., Nov. 1.

Brand will offer a rare glimpse into Nelson Mandela’s resilience, wisdom and humor through the lens of the unlikely friendship that grew between the two men over the course of Mandela’s imprisonment at Robben Island and Pollsmoor prisons in the late 1970s and 1980s.

Following a small luncheon with South African students, scholars and faculty, Brand will speak to rising student leaders in the Black Box Theater at 2:30 p.m. The discussion will be moderated by the Felicia Griffin-Fennell, director of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences RISE program, and Jamie Rowen, director of the Center for Law, Justice and Societies.

At 4 p.m., former Chancellor Marcellette Williams will introduce Brand ahead of his public audience lecture in the Old Chapel with a book signing and reception to follow.

Brand’s visit is co-sponsored by the UMass Amherst Chancellor’s Office, the Office of Equity and Inclusion and the International Programs Office.  For more information, contact Summer Cable, International Student and Scholar Success advisor, at sscable[at]umass[dot]edu.