Archbishop Desmond Tutu returns to Leicester for public lecture (update: fully booked)
Honorary Graduate and former Archbishop of Cape Town, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, will give The Provost Derek Hole Annual Lecture 2012, ‘Public faith in a secular age,’ on Wednesday 14 November.
Last year Archbishop Desmond Tutu received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Leicester. The award, presented before graduating students and their families from around the world, was made in recognition of his work in the field of race relations.
The University is pleased to welcome back Archbishop Desmond Tutu in what is set to a most interesting and inspirational lecture.
Please note that this event is now fully booked.
Born in Transvaal in 1931, Tutu was ordained as an Anglican priest in 1960 and came to Britain two years later to study at King’s College, London for a Bachelors and Masters in Theology. He returned to South Africa in 1967, teaching at the University of Fort Hare and the National University of Lesotho, during which he started to stand out as a leading critic of the apartheid regime.
After the collapse of apartheid in 1994 and the election of Nelson Mandela as President, Tutu chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission which examined accounts of human rights violations. He retired as Archbishop of Cape Town in 1996 and since then has contributed to many humanitarian causes across the globe. In 1984 he received the Nobel Peace Prize.
The lecture will be held on Wednesday 14 November at 5.30pm - 6.30pm at the Peter Williams Lecture Theatre, Fielding Johnson Building South Wing with a live video feed to the Ken Edwards Building Lecture Theatre 1. Please note that all tickets for the lecture have now been allocated.