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Press Release for Friday, October 14, 2005

An Evening with Nobel Peace Prize Winner Desmond Tutu:UNF Confers Honorary Doctorate Degree

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida will confer an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree to Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, in the Fine Arts Center, Lazzara Performance Hall. Prior to the conferment, there will be a conversational question and answer session between the Nobel Peace Prize winner and UNF President John A. Delaney. This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are limited.

An interaction between Tutu and UNF students will also be held from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center, Recital Hall. Group media interviews will be held following the student session.

The 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. He returned during the spring semester of 2003, teaching three non-credit mini courses on the struggle against apartheid.

In 1978, Tutu accepted an appointment as the first black general secretary of the South African Council of Churches and became a leading spokesman for the rights of black South Africans, emphasizing nonviolent means of protest and encouraging the application of economic pressure by countries dealing with South Africa.

He was installed as Johannesburg’s first black Anglican bishop in the early ‘80s and was later elected the first black archbishop of Cape Town, becoming the primate of South Africa’s 1.6 million-member Anglican Church. He retired from the primacy in 1996.

Tutu was born in 1931 in Klerksdorp, Transvaal and was educated in South African mission schools, where his father was a teacher. Tutu received his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Africa and obtained his master’s from Kings College.

Tickets for this free event can be ordered online at Click on the yellow Fall 2005 Lectures link.

Contact Joanna Norris, Media Relations and Events, to make media parking arrangements.