Press Release for Monday, October 28, 2002

Tutu to teach courses at UNF


Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu will teach three non-credit mini courses, which will be open to the public, during the spring semester of 2003 at the University of North Florida. Registration for these mini courses begins Nov. 1

The non-credit mini courses are titled “The Struggle Against Apartheid.” Classes will be on Mondays from 5 to 6 p.m., over a period of three weeks for each course. The dates are Feb. 3, 10 and 17; March 3, 10 and 17; and April 7, 14, and 21. All classes will be in Room 1027 R in the University Center. Cost is $100 per person. Space is limited to 50 persons for each course on a first come, first serve basis. Those interested must register by Monday, December 2. Monies collected for the courses will be deposited in the Alan C. Ling Endowment Fund for scholarships.

Individuals interested may send their check along with their address telephone number and requested first and second choice of dates to: Tutu Mini Course, President’s Office, University of North Florida, 4567 St. Johns Bluff Rd., Jacksonville, Fl. 32256.

Tutu also will teach a semester credit course for UNF students to be titled “Truth and Reconciliation.” Students may register for that course through the normal registration procedures.

The 70-year-old, black South African Anglican cleric, who has become world famous for his leadership role in opposing apartheid, first came to UNF in 1999 as part of the Presidential Lecture Series. The lecture was held shortly after the release of a report by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa, which was chaired by Tutu. The report chronicled the horrors that were perpetrated by the South African government and opposing parties over the 34-year period from 1960 to 1994.

Tutu was educated in South African mission schools at which his father taught. Though he wanted a medical career, Tutu was unable to afford training and instead became a schoolteacher in 1954. He resigned his post in 1957. Ordained an Anglican parish priest in 1961, Tutu lectured at a theological seminary in Johannesburg. In the late 1960s, he moved to London, where he obtained a master’s degree from Kings College. From 1972 to 1975, he served as an assistant director for the World Council of Churches. 

In 1978, he accepted an appointment as the general secretary of the South African Council of Churches and became a leading spokesman for the rights of black South Africans. He emphasized nonviolent means of protest and encouraged the application of economic pressure by countries dealing with South Africa. In 1983, he was installed as Johannesburg’s first black Anglican bishop and in 1986 he was elected the first black archbishop of Cape Town, thus becoming the primate of South Africa’s 1.6 million-member Anglican Church. He retired from the primacy in 1996. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.

He has taught for the past several years at Emory University in Atlanta.