Nelson Mandela University stages a series of Institutional Public Lectures biennially hosted by the Vice-Chancellor and aligned to its identity and ethos as an institution in the service of society.

The abstract and/or full text of each lecture as well as a bio are available for download from the bulleted list below each speaker's name. 


27 February: Second Biennial Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Institutional Public Lecture

Lebohang Liepollo Pheko: Defying the Undefiable: A Meditation on Reparative Memory.



12 September: 13th Steve Biko Institutional Public Lecture

Dr Pali Lehohla and Prof Barney Pityana: Activating the agency of the people to free the land, the mind and the spirit.


6 September: Raymond Mhlaba Annual Institutional Public Lecture

Prof Sydney Mufamadi: “What does it take to create a society of Raymond Mhlaba's aim?”


25 August: Dr Brigalia Bam Inaugural Institutional Public Lecture

Dr Brigalia Bam, Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Dr Sithembile Mbete: “Democracy: more than just elections”


20 July: Griffiths and Victoria Mxenge Memorial Lecture

Chief Justice Raymond Zondo: “The Role and Significance of a Strong Judiciary in SA’s Constitutional Democracy.”