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Archive for Thursday, March 11, 1999

NOBEL LAUREATE BRINGS MESSAGE TO KU

March 11, 1999

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A Kansas University audience next month will get a chance to hear one of the people who dismantled apartheid speak.

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a Nobel Prize-winner, will speak on "Bridging the Chasm Between Black and White" at 7 p.m. April 18 at Allen Fieldhouse.

"Desmond Tutu represents those qualities of education, tolerance and progressiveness that the university strives for as we enter the next millennium," KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway said.

Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his work battling apartheid in South Africa. He was elected the Anglican archbishop of Cape Town and became a principal mediator and conciliator after the end of apartheid in South Africa.

"Tutu is a remarkable leader of the church in South Africa and has a remarkable influence all over the world," said Robert Shelton, a KU religion professor.

In 1995, Tutu was appointed by South African President Nelson Mandela to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which investigated apartheid-era human rights abuses.

Tutu "recognized that if people are going to move toward a positive future, in spite of all the terrible things people have been doing to each other in the past, it is possible for people to reconcile and work toward a positive future," Shelton said.

Tickets are available at the Student Union Activities box office, the Lied Center, Murphy Hall and all Ticketmaster locations. Tickets are $5 in advance with a KU student ID or $8 at the door. For nonstudents, tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

-- Felicia Haynes' phone message number is 832-7173. Her e-mail address is fhaynes@ljworld.com.

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