(PRWEB) March 30, 2004
South African Archbishop, Desmond Tutu, internationally acclaimed human rights activist and recipient of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize, will speak at the main campus of The University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, April 1. Sponsored by the School of International Studies and the Associated Students University of the Pacific (ASUOP), Archbishop Tutu will appear as part of the David Gerber Lecture Series.
Desmond Tutu rose to worldwide fame in the 1980s through his nonviolent fight against apartheid. He was the first black Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa. In 1986, he became the first black person to lead the Anglican Church in South Africa. His nonviolent teachings helped pave the way to the 1994 installation of majority government in South Africa. In 1995, South African President Nelson Mandela appointed Desmond Tutu to head the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Archbishop TutuÂs appearance at the University of the Pacific coincides with the release this month of his latest book, God Has A Dream: A Vision of Hope for Our Time. His talk begins at 6:00 p.m. in Alex G Spanos Center (basketball hall). The presentation is free of charge. The School of International Studies will also hold a press conference with Archbishop Tutu from 5:15 to 5:45 PM in George Wilson Hall.
ÂDesmond Tutu is a great leader. He has demonstrated that courage, conviction and fortitude, backed by faith and inspired by a vision of justice, can change the world,Â said Margee Ensign, Dean of The University of the Pacific School of International Studies. ÂThrough his work as head of South AfricaÂs Truth and Reconciliation Commission, this most deserving Nobel Peace Prize recipient has assumed a leading role in laying the foundation for a modern, inclusive Republic of South Africa, helping to fulfill the dreams of millions.Â
Desmond TutuÂs nonviolent struggle against apartheid was not without conflict. Some African leaders advocated open warfare against the minority regime in South Africa. In its citation, the Nobel committee paid tribute to the ArchbishopÂs approach. ÂThis recognition isÂ directed to all whoÂ use such methods to stand in the vanguard of the campaign for racial equality as a human right.Â
ÂAt SIS, we prepare students for careers in international relations and related disciplines by studying history, language, cultures, and other subjects,Â notes Dean Ensign. ÂFew people have more to teach all of us today about how to live and prosper together in the multiracial, multicultural world we live in than Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He is truly a man for our time and all time.Â
Archbishop TutuÂs appearance will also mark the beginning of the Brubeck Festival 2004 at the University of the Pacific Brubeck Institute. The festival marks the 40th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act and recognizes Dave and Iola Brubeck, University of Pacific alumni, for their lifetime commitment to social justice. The Festival runs from April 1-8 and offers concerts and events in all three cities where the University of Pacific is located Â Stockton, Sacramento and San Francisco.
About the University of the Pacific School of International Studies (SIS)
The University of the Pacific School of International Studies is the oldest accredited college on the West Coast dedicated to international studies, international relations, and intercultural relations. The School of International Studies provides a curriculum that will help students develop global awareness and literacy, strong analytical skills, and real world living experience.
The School of International Studies is the only accredited undergraduate program in the United States that requires study abroad as part of the curriculum. The study abroad program, at the School of International Studies offers more than 200 program sites in over 70 countries, ranging from France to South Africa, and China to Costa Rica.
The School of International Studies also has a graduate-level program that offers a Masters Degree in Intercultural Relations. In addition, SIS partners with the Peace Corps to offer a Peace Corps Masters in International Studies The program enables graduate students to combine Peace Corp service with graduate study at the University of the Pacific.
Press interested in interviewing Desmond Tutu at University of the Pacific should contact:
Lauren Hersh Weiser, Media Relation Coordinator
University of the Pacific
Telephone 209 946 2313
Cell phone 209 815 1892
Students interested in the School of International Studies should contact:
Dean Margee Ensign
University of Pacific School of International Studies
Telephone: 209 946 2650