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Ellen Ndeshi Namhila lecture

On Tuesday, October 23 Ellen Ndeshi Namhila will present "Memories of the Struggle Against Apartheid" at 3:15 in the Ford Room (710 Social Sciences Tower).

Ellen Ndeshi Namhila is the author of The Price of Freedom, her autobiography which was published in 1997. This autobiography is based on Ellen's experiences during Namibia's struggle for freedom and independence from the South African apartheid regime. She left Namibia in 1976 at the age of 12 to join the liberation struggle in exile.

In her talk, Ellen will relate to us part of her story as a refugee, living in exile, and what it meant to her. She will share with the audience some of her reasons for writing the Price of Freedom, the questions the book is asking, and whether she would ask the same questions if she were to write this book today, 10 years later. She will also discuss what writing this book has meant for her, the impact of the book, and how she dealt with public response. Lastly, Ellen will talk about her work in progress about the role of women in the liberation struggle of Namibia, based on oral history research.

For more information contact the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change at 612-624-0832 or icgc@umn.edu.