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WFU presents a report from South Africa: "Forgiveness as a Social Strategy"


September 12, 2008

Basil Pillay, chair of the Department of Behavioural Medicine at the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine in South Africa, will discuss his work with the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at Wake Forest University.  The event, in Benson University Center’s Pugh Auditorium, is free and open to the public.

Pillay is an internationally-renowned clinical psychologist and current president of the Psychological Society of South Africa and an international member of the American Psychological Association.   

During the public hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Pillay served as a psychological consultant, assisting commission members, witnesses and observers, including the media, in coping with the management of trauma as revealed through the testimony of individuals before the commission.

The event is sponsored by the Office of the Provost at Wake Forest University, through the Fund for Ethics, Leadership and Civic Responsibility under a grant from the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation.

Press Contacts:

Audrey Fannin
(336) 758-5237


Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


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