President Carter has been University Distinguished Professor at Emory since 1982. He periodically taught courses in a number of disciplines until 1991, when he undertook The Atlanta Project, a citywide effort to address urban problems at the grassroots level, which had significant Emory involvement. At that time, he reduced his teaching responsibilities, making presentations only twice a year, at the Carter Town Hall Meeting and the International Students Forum. Four years later, with The Atlanta Project evolving in new directions, President Carter and University President William M. Chace agreed to increase the amount of time President Carter would spend with Emory students, faculty, and staff.
Archbishop Tutu, winner of the 1984 Nobel Prize for Peace, has been credited with doing more than anyone else to draw the world's attention to the inequities of South Africa's now dismantled system of apartheid. His stature as an opponent of apartheid grew even as the violence of protests escalated. As primate of the Anglican Church for Southern Africa, he is the spiritual leader of some two million believers. In recent years, Tutu, who calls Emory his "second home," has made frequent visits to the University for speeches and conferences, and he received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Emory in 1988. Tutu was a visiting Robert W. Woodruff Professor during the 1991-92 academic year. His daughter, Thandi Gxahse, earned a master's degree in public health from Emory and is a student at the medical school.--A.B.
Click here to return to Emory University Home Page.