Mandela Day Celebration at Nyack

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Monday December 1, 2014

As the anniversary of the death of Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa (1994-1999) approaches, the Nyack College Center for Scholarship and Global Engagement hosted a celebration of Mandela Day on Tuesday, December 2 in President’s Hall (Shuman Hall) on the Rockland County campus, 1 South Boulevard in Nyack, NY.

The film, Mandela, was screened at 3:00 pm followed by a panel discussion at 4:45 pm on the legacy of statesman, anti-apartheid activist, and philanthropist—Nelson Mandela. The panel was moderated by Prof. Scott Reitz, director of Global Service-Learning at Nyack. Presentations included:

Dr. Fernando Arzola, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences on “Pragmatic Prophet: Reflections on Mandela’s Quiet Faith

Dr. Vilma “Nina” Balmaceda, director of the Center for Scholarship and Global Engagement on “Truth-telling and the Challenge of seeking justice after apartheid,”

Dr. Mayra Lopez-Humphreys, associate professor of social work, on “Madiba and Forgiveness and Reconciliation.”

For information about upcoming Center for Scholarship and Global Engagement events, click here or phone(845) 675-4582 or email

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