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The challenges of growing up Black and female in apartheid South Africa have been the foundation of Rev. Nontombi Naomi Tutu’s life as an activist for human rights. These experiences taught her that our whole human family loses when we accept situations of oppression; the teaching and preaching of hate and division injure us all.   

In this keynote lecture, Rev. Tutu will draw upon the work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and the Nobel Women’s Initiative, to reflect on the ways in which truth-telling, reconciliation, and nonviolence are central to the realization of our shared humanity and make possible the work of peace-building today. 

Rev. Naomi Tutu is the third child Archbishop Desmond and Nomalizo Leah Tutu. She was educated in Swaziland, the U.S, and England, and her professional work includes serving as a development consultant in West Africa, a program coordinator for race and gender and gender-based violence education at the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town, a program coordinator for the historic Race Relations Institute at Fisk University, and a delegate to the World Conference against Racism in Durban. In addition, Rev. Tutu has taught at the University of Hartford, University of Connecticut, and Brevard College in North Carolina. She has led Truth and Reconciliation workshops for a wide array of groups and organizations and is a leading voice internationally for the cause of justice and reconciliation.  Rev. Tutu currently serves as Associate Priest at All Saints Episcopal in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Co-sponsored by the Center for Student Engagement, Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, Multicultural Programs and Retention, and McAuley Institute for Mercy Education. 


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