Desmond Tutu to address Kroc conference

by Michael O. Garvey

Nobel laureate and retired Anglican archbishop Desmond Tutu of Capetown, South Africa, will give the keynote address at an international conference entitled “Peacebuilding After Peace Accords” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11 (Thursday) in the auditorium of the University of Notre Dame’s McKenna Hall.p. Archbishop Tutu received the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his non-violent campaign against the apartheid regime in South Africa. In 1996 he became chairman of that country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a body established to investigate and redress the crimes committed during the years of apartheid and its collapse.p. The conference, sponsored by Notre Dame’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, will include some 50 presentations by scholars and activists who have been involved in peacebuilding efforts in the Middle East, the North of Ireland, Bosnia-Herzegovina and South Africa.p. Other conference speakers include Johan Galtung, one of the founding figures in peace research; Alex Boraine, director of the International Center for Transitional Justice; Mamphela Ramphele, managing director at the World Bank; and Charles Villa-Vicencio, executive director of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation. The conference also will feature an international panel of young people working on peacebuilding projects in several post-peace accord situations.

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