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"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"

Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Nelson Mandela Mural

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Free Movie Screening

Date: Thursday, December 5
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Coolidge Corner Theatre

Join the Boisi Center at a free screening of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, based on Nelson Mandela's autobiography and starring Idris Elba.

Boston College professors Zine Magubane (sociology) and Shawn Copeland (theology) will introduce the film, and lead a short discussion with the audience following the screening.

Reserve your tickets here.*

*Tickets are limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

This event is co-sponsored with the Center for Human Rights and International Justice.

In March 2014, the Boisi Center continued the conversation with a lunch event with Professor Magubane, where South Africa's prospects after Mandela's passing were discussed. 


Zine Magubane is an associate professor of sociology at Boston College, where she also holds a courtesy appointment in the department of African and African Diaspora studies. She specializes in social theory, sociology of post-coloniality, race and ethnicity, globalization, race and popular culture, gender and sexuality, and the sociology of African societies. Professor Magubane has professional experience in South Africa, previously serving as a research associate for the Human Sciences Research Council in Pretoria, South Africa, and holding a guest lecturer position at the University of Cape Town. Magubane has published several books and scholarly articles in her discipline, including Bringing the Empire Home: Race, Class and Gender (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004).


M. Shawn Copeland is a professor of theology at Boston College. Her research interests converge around issues of theological and philosophical anthropology and political theology, as well as African and African–derived religious and cultural experience and African-American intellectual history. At Boston College, she teaches a wide breadth of courses, including Theology and the Body, Political Theology, Black Theology, and The Question of Justice. Professor Copeland has published over 80 articles, reviews, and book chapters and holds a multitude of awards from prestigious institutions across the United States.


In the News

Professor Zine Magubane has been featured in reports by WCVB, NPR, and the Boston Herald about the Boisi Center's screening of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and her reactions to Mandela's passing. 


On December 5, 2013, Nelson Mandela died at the age of 95. The New York Times captures his significance in South Africa's fight against racial oppression. That evening the Boisi Center hosted a screening of the new biopic about Mandela, starring Idris Elba, at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.


The Wall Street Journal profiles the "long walk to Hollywood" of the new biopic about Nelson Mandela, and interviews its lead, Idris Elba.