Emory Report

April 19, 1999

 Volume 51, No. 28

Tutu stays another year, the Candler School announces

Archbishop Desmond Tutu will remain on the faculty for the forthcoming 1999-2000 academic year. He will continue in residence, teaching courses at the School of Theology as the Cannon Visiting Distinguished Professor of Theology.

The South African Nobel laureate arrived here in August 1998 as the Woodruff Visiting Professor of Theology at Candler. He spent the fall of 1998 speaking on campus and off, and working on a book. Currently Tutu is teaching two courses at Candler, said Dean Kevin LaGree.

"Archbishop Tutu's very public commitment to human rights and his singular ministry to the people of South Africa has made a profound impact on Candler as he shares his unique insights in the classroom," said LaGree. "We have been deeply moved by his witness and enriched by his presence with us in the Emory community."

Tutu's affiliations with Emory go back a decade. He received an honorary degree in 1988 and spent several months at the campus on sabbatical in 1992. Tutu also has spoken at several Emory events, including an international conference on Christianity and democracy in 1991 and one on religious human rights in 1994.

Originally scheduled to come here as a visiting professor in 1996, Tutu's arrival was delayed by his appointment as chairman of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which submitted its final report last fall.

--Elaine Justice

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