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Tutu to speak at UH Hilo as part of Women’s History Month

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Date: Friday, March 11, 2005
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Nontombi Naomi Tutu

The public is invited to a presentation by Nontombi Naomi Tutu, keynote speaker for the University of Hawaii at Hilo National Women’s History Month Celebration, on Tuesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center Dining Room.

Tutu is the daughter of Leah Nomalizo Tutu and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize for his dedication to end Apartheid in South Africa. Ms. Tutu was born in South Africa during the period of race segregated Apartheid and continues the work forged by her family’s leadership and courage as an internationally recognized speaker and consultant on issues of peace and justice, the economic empowerment of women, and on challenging racism worldwide. Her presentation will be on “The Power of Talking Story from a Global Perspective.”

Educated in France, England, and the United States, Ms. Tutu holds an M.A. from the University of Kentucky in International Development and has done graduate work at the London School of Economics. She served as the program coordinator for the Fisk University Race Relations Institute, as associate director for International Relations at Tennessee State University and as program officer and co-convener of the Gender Based Violence and Education Program at the University of Cape Town. She is currently working as a consultant and co-facilitator of “Sister-Sojourner,” a program that brings American and South African women together in Cape Town for the purpose of creating connection and understanding.

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