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Together with Massachusetts former Chief Justice, Margaret Marshall, Shared Interest is delighted to invite you to celebrate

Stephanie Urdang’s new memoir:

Mapping My Way Home:  Activism, Nostalgia, and the Downfall of Apartheid South Africa


Wednesday, January 31st

Church Center for United Nations, 777 UN Plaza

(44th Street and First Avenue, New York City), 2nd Floor

5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The memoir is a must read for all of us who are connected to South Africa, the struggle against apartheid and the ongoing support for South Africans through Shared Interest or other avenues.  It is a beautifully written page turner that captures the events on the international stage that contributed to the demise of apartheid.  Stephanie’s book reflects the importance and immediacy of the years leading up to the release of Nelson Mandela.  It portrays the spirit and sacrifices of those engaged in the fight for justice, while recognizing with honesty and clarity the disappointments that followed in the post-apartheid era.   Both Margaret Marshall and I recommend this book highly and hope you will include it on your reading list in the coming months.


Praise for “Mapping” comes from many voices, including two of Shared Interest’s supporters.


Alcinda Honwana, a member of our Advisory Board and a Mozambican who, as a young woman, participated in the struggle for liberation and the post-independent reconstruction process, writes:


“In Mapping My Way Home, Stephanie Urdang weaves together the threads of her amazing life of political activism with the struggles for self-determination in Africa with extraordinary eloquence, grace and disarming honesty. From her direct engagement in the struggle against apartheid in her native South Africa, through to covering the liberation war against Portuguese colonialism in Guinea Bissau, and witnessing firsthand the efforts to build of a new nation in Mozambique, Urdang offers a unique and very insightful perspective on these critical processes in the continent's history. 


Adam Hochschild, a long-time friend of Shared Interest and of African liberation, and author of King Leopold’s Ghost, writes:


“Stephanie Urdang not only had a ringside seat but was often in the ring for three of the great revolutionary upheavals of our time: the women’s movement, the end of apartheid in South Africa, and the fight against colonialism elsewhere on the continent. She is wise enough to know that none of these struggles are yet fully finished, and her story of a life deeply engaged in them is moving and absorbing.”

For those too far away to join us on January 31st, you will be able to meet her in other cities.