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14/06/2009 - The Forum

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Our guests, Professor Archie Brown, Professor Elaine Showater and Judge Albie Sachs discuss the theme of transformation.

British historian of communism Archie Brown talks about how change brought in by Mikhail Gorbachev in 1989 sparked the end of the Soviet Empire.

American literary critic Elaine Showalter, a Princeton University professor and author of "A Jury of Her Peers", unearths the pioneering American female authors of the mid 19th century, outsiders who brought fresh and dangerous ideas.

South African Supreme Court judge Albie Sachs, author of "The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law", describes how idealism, passion and reason have played a crucial role in transforming his country.

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