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Panel Discussion: Mandela’s Legacy of Reconciliation


Took place on April 23, 2014 from 6:30 pm
Edward Jones Auditorium


6:30 p.m. – Panel Discussion; 8 p.m. – Reception

amy_biehlMaryville University’s commitment to thoughtful discourse on important issues of the day continues with a panel discussion and dialogue on diversity, inclusion, freedom, reconciliation and community building. The panel discussion, “Nelson Mandela’s Legacy of Reconciliation: Lessons for Leading an Inclusive Community,” will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23 at the Edward Jones Auditorium located at Manchester Road & I-270.

This event is free of charge and open to the public; reservations are requested. Please contact Chris Hollenbeck at chollenbeck@maryville.edu or 314.529.6854.

Three panelists will share their personal experiences and insights on reconciliation leading to a “rainbow nation” and discuss how we can deploy practical wisdom that stems from heroic actions by individuals close to Mandela during apartheid and the current post-apartheid era.

Panelists include:

Linda Rae Biehl, mother of murdered anti-apartheid activist Amy Biehl, and Ntobeko Peni and Easy Nofemela, two of the young men convicted of her daughter’s death. For the past 15 years, they have worked together to help direct and implement the many after-school youth programs near Cape Town, South Africa. Biehl has now chosen to focus on U.S. domestic issues of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Ntobeko Peni—Born in 1973 in Guguletu Township on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa, Peni first experienced the brutalities of apartheid during elementary school. His commitment to the overthrow of apartheid led to the death of Amy Biehl in 1993. Following his conviction, incarceration, and eventual amnesty, Peni sought out and developed a relationship with Amy’s parents, Linda and the late Peter Biehl.

Manfred Jacobs— Jacobs is communications and club manager and senior correctional officer of Drakenstein Correctional Services (formerly Victor Verster Prison) in the Western Cape, South Africa. He is grateful to have known President Mandela on a personal basis and is “gratified that people today still believe in his message of hope.”

Maryville University is a selective, comprehensive and nationally ranked private institution with an enrollment of 5,033 students. Maryville offers more than 75 degrees at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels to students from 46 states and 30 countries. Consistently ranked as a top private school by Forbes and Kiplinger’s, in 2012 and 2013, Maryville was named the No. 1 Overperforming University in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Maryville’s athletics teams compete at the Division II level in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Founded in 1872, the University is ideally situated on 130 picturesque acres in West St. Louis County.

Media Contact

Janet Edwards, Marketing and Community Relations, 314-529-9347; jedwards@maryville.edu.


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