Archbishop Desmond Tutu to return to University of Leicester

Posted by pt91 at Nov 08, 2012 11:48 AM |
University of Leicester honorary graduate will give the 2012 Provost Derek Hole Annual Lecture on 14 November
Archbishop Desmond Tutu to return to University of Leicester

Archbishop Demond Tutu, at the graduation ceremony where he received his honorary degree from the University of Leicester.

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 8 November 2012

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The former Archbishop of Cape Town and Honorary Graduate of the University of Leicester, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, is to return to Leicester to deliver a prestigious public lecture.

He will give The Provost Derek Hole Annual Lecture 2012, ‘Public faith in a secular age,’ on Wednesday 14 November. Please note that this event is now fully booked.

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 be a most interesting and inspirational lecture.

Professor Sir Robert Burgess, Vice-Chancellor of the University, said: “We are delighted to welcome back Archbishop Desmond Tutu to give the annual Provost Derek Hole Lecture.  It has proved an extremely popular event and I am sure that the Archbishop will provide a very interesting and thought provoking discussion on public faith in a secular age.”

Provost Derek Hole said: "I am delighted that Archbishop Desmond Tutu has accepted the Vice-Chancellor’s invitation to give my lecture this year, ‘Public faith in a secular age’. It is a great privilege for us to welcome him back to the University, where he received an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters last year."

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 Bachelor’s and Master’s 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 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.

Notes to editors:

Please note that there will be no interview opportunities with Desmond Tutu. Photo opps are available at start of lecture  –please be in situ no later than 15 minutes before start of lecture ie 5.15pm  on Wednesday 14 November  at the Peter Williams Lecture Theatre, Fielding Johnson Building South Wing.  Entrance from Gate 1, University Road, Leicester.

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