Nunn policy forum examines leadership, values, ethics
that South Africa could never be home to a civil society after
apartheid, but Archbishop Desmond Tutu never stopped believing
that morality and leadership could ignite and sustain change.
As keynote speaker,
Tutu, the Robert W. Woodruff Visiting Professor of Theology, set
the stage for the Sam Nunn NationsBank Policy Forum, Leadership,
Values, and Ethics: Educating Global Citizens for a New Millennium,
a conference on higher educations role in fostering citizenship
in the next century.
This is a moral
universe, [one that must be led by those] willing to jeopardize
their leadership positions by adopting stances unpopular with
a constituency, Tutu said.
He called for epoch-making
initiatives from the nearly two dozen panelists who would
assemble the next day before nearly eight hundred business, government,
and civic leaders; students; and other attendees for three days
of the event
candidate and former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley narrowed Tutus
focus during his own remarks. The university is not a corporate
training ground for the marketplace but serves a much broader
purpose, Bradley said. We must be aware of its spiritual
dimension and encourage it.
Trustee Sam Nunn 61C-62L,
who served in the U.S. Senate for twenty-four years before co-chairing
the National Commission on Civic Renewal, said college campuses
are microcosms of the larger community. The critical issue
is how our nation can strengthen the civic ties that hold us together
in a time of rapid technological advancement and increasing social
and cultural diversity, Nunn said.
and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala praised universities
for increasingly placing students in leadership roles. Civic
renewal needs public institutions, and universities can change
attitudes, but how to do it is a profound question, she
Harkavy, director of the Center
for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania,
decried the insular thinking that can infect universities, creating
what he called islands of sparkling affluence in seas of
desperation. . . . Teaching students to become citizens cant
be done in isolation.
S. Chopp closed the event by merging historical significance
with immediate goals. Education and citizenship have traveled
together throughout history. Our quest is to bring together education
and civic societypartners now seemingly divided, though
the link between civic life and higher education is intrinsic
to the nature of life in a democratic society.
Final policy goals
and recommendations compiled from the forum will be published
in the fall. Visit the forums website
for more detailed information.G.F.