Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Duke Professor Spearheads Partnership with South African School. (Durham, N.C.)

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Duke Professor Spearheads Partnership with South African School. (Durham, N.C.)

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DURHAM, N,C.

A Duke University professor and former U.S. ambassador to South Africa says a leadership program he spearheaded attempts to advance racial and economic equality in that country.

Duke and the University of Cape Town this fall launched the United States-Southern Africa Center for Leadership and Public Values.

James Joseph, who left his ambassadorship in 1999 and has split time between jobs at Duke and Cape Town, says South Africa has made great strides toward becoming a democracy since the end of apartheid.

South Africa "has had seven years of democracy after 300 years of social engineering," says Joseph, a public policy professor at Duke. "When one keeps that in mind, it's made remarkable progress."

The program will focus on improving both government and private initiatives between the two countries in South Africa as well as efforts to nurture leaders.

Joseph hopes to bring together leaders from the United States and South Africa in a forum to develop ways to increase philanthropy and volunteerism there as well as reconstruction and development. The forum is patterned after a binational commission led by former vice president Al Gore and South African president Thabo Mbeki. …

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