Helen Suzman Forum on Life Under Apartheid

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Venue: Edith O'Donnell Arts and Technology Building
Admission: Free
Season: 2014-15

Panelists: Peter Lewin, Warren Harmel, Peter Anderson, Lorimer Arendse, Pradeep Lalloobhai, Harshad Lalloobhai and Dr. Kimberly Hill (UT Dallas)
Moderator: Jill Kelly, Asst. Professor, South African History at SMU

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building, Free
6:00-7:30 p.m. Reception & opportunity to view the exhibition
7:30-9:00 p.m. Panel Discussion & Forum


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The M.B. & Edna Zale Foundation is sponsoring a traveling exhibition highlighting the inspiring work of Helen Suzman, a former South African Parliamentarian who devoted her life to fighting apartheid laws, earning two Nobel Peace Prize nominations and worldwide respect. Opening Monday, February, 23, at the University of Texas at Dallas. the exhibition will also visit Austin College just north of Dallas in Sherman, Paul Quinn College, and SMU Meadows School of the Arts in collaboration with the Embrey Human Rights Program. 

The “Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights” exhibition showcases four decades of photographs, personal letters, speeches and news articles, which enables attendees to discover the tremendous strength Suzman demonstrated despite facing constant animosity, anti-Semitism and intimidation from her South African colleagues and citizens. 

“The Helen Suzman exhibition vividly shows how the vision and steadfast work of one individual can truly make a difference, and how true leadership can have a multiplier effect for good,” said Jill Vexler, the “Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights” exhibition manager. “We look forward to seeing the impact this story will have on conversations about today’s injustices.”

Suzman served in the South African Parliament for 36 years (1953-1989), including a 13-year period (1961-1973) as the governing body’s only member of the Progressive Party, and the sole opposition condemning apartheid. The exhibition also highlights Suzman’s enduring friendship with Nelson Mandela, which began in 1967 when the two met at the infamous Robben Island Prison. 

“There is a lot we can learn from Helen Suzman’s unwavering passion and commitment to social justice,” said Leonard Krasnow, president of the M.B. & Edna Zale Foundation. “Our board is very excited to bring this exhibition to four outstanding collegiate campuses in North Texas.”

The exhibition was conceptualized, researched and written by Millie Pimstone and graphically designed by Linda Bester. The exhibition’s U.S. tour is sponsored by the Dobkin Family Foundation and the Tolan Family Foundation, and was organized by the Isaac and Jessie Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Research at the University of Cape Town, under director Dr. Milton Shain.

For more information about the “Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights” exhibition in North Texas, visit www.helensuzmanexhibition.com. 

About M.B. and Edna Zale Foundation
The M.B. and Edna Zale Foundation is a private family foundation with a mission to support individuals and families as they build productive and meaningful lives. The Foundation provides grants for education, early childhood development, job training, hunger and homelessness relief, health care, and Jewish culture and continuity in areas where family members live, work, or have interests. 

About the Panelists

Peter Anderson (65) is from Johannesburg, South Africa. He came to the U.S. for a Fulbright scholarship at Boston University, where he completed his M.A. and Ph.D. in English, before returning to work at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. In 2006 he became associate professor at Austin College, where he teaches post-colonial literature. He is also the author of The Unspeakable, which won the 2013 Alex La Guma award.

Lorimer Arendse (42) is from Cape Town, South Africa. He came to the U.S. in 1988, when he was 16 years old. He came to Dallas in 2007 from Ohio to serve as Associate Principal at Grapevine High School. He is currently the Principal at Grand Prairie High School.

Warren Harmel (65) is from Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. He has a B.S. from the University of Cape Town and was a member of the Young Progressive Party in Johannesburg where he interacted with Helen Suzman. He immigrated to Texas in 1986 for work with an advertising agency. He is now an advertising consultant.

Harshad Lalloobhai (58) is from Johannesburg, South Africa. He came to Texas in 1984 with American Corporation. Currently he owns retail wine shops and hotels.

Peter Lewin (67) is from Johannesburg, South Africa. He came to the US for a job in 1979, when he was 23. He has studied the economics of apartheid and is currently Clinical Professor of Managerial Economics at the University of Texas at Dallas.

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