Session #5 of The Mind and Life XXXII Dialogue at Botho University in Gaborone, Botswana held on August 17-19, 2017.
African youth presentations
Donald Molosi: 6:08
Justine Hamupolo: 20:19
Landa Mabenge: 25:07
Leonard Annan: 29:39
Agostine Ndung’u: 34:03
African youth panel discussion: 43:13
Presentation by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela: 1:00:59
Panel discussion: 1:48:07
Audience Q&A: 2:07:33
Closing remarks by Susan Bauer-Wu: 2:30:08
Program Description: The Botswana Dialogue brings African humanitarian and spiritual leaders, scholars and healers into conversation with international neuroscientists about the African worldview of Botho/Ubuntu, during five sessions followed by a concert performance by Vusi Mahlasela.
Defining humanity through our connections with one another, Botho/Ubuntu is expressed as: “I am because you are.” Examining African values and healing practices in light of new scientific research on social connection and trauma, the Dialogue in Botswana explores the potential of Botho/Ubuntu as a framework for healing the legacy and trauma of wars and colonialism, and advancing social justice and women’s equality.
The purpose of this Dialogue is fourfold: 1) To explore the indigenous African ethic of Botho/Ubuntu as it relates to Buddhist ideas of interdependence and compassion; 2) To examine current scientific understanding of how our interconnectedness impacts one another for good or ill; 3) To understand how Botho/Ubuntu can be distorted to maintain cultural norms and systems of power that lead to oppression of, and violence against, women, children and other marginalized groups; and 4) To envision how our connectedness can heal division, forgive profound transgression and point toward a richer understanding of what it means to be human.
Winner of more than 25 international acting awards and more than 15 writing awards, Donald Molosi is an award-winning Broadway and Hollywood actor and writer. Molosi was the first Motswana … MORE
Justine Hamupolo has vast experience in development, administration, and management of programmes working with youth and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people in supporting young people’s organized response to … MORE
Landa Mabenge is the author of Becoming Him – A Trans Memoir of Triumph. A University of Cape Town alumnus, he is the founder and managing director of Landa Mabenge … MORE
Annan is an adjunct lecturer for the final year Entrepreneurship Capstone at Ashesi University and also a leadership faculty at Ashesi Innovation Experience. Annan holds an Master of Arts in … MORE
Agostine Ndung’u works to support entrepreneurs in Africa and around the world, to promote multi-ethnic cooperation and employment that will reduce youth participation in violation. To this end, he was … MORE
Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, PhD
Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela is Professor and Research Chair for Historical Trauma and Transformation at Stellenbosch University. Her work focuses mainly on two strands of research: exploring intergenerational repercussions of oppression and … MORE