Archbishop Desmond Tutu to Present Schooler Lecture at Mount Union College

April 01, 2010


Archbishop Desmond Tutu, winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize, will present the Schooler Lecture at Mount Union College's Timken Building on Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at 8 p.m. 



Tutu is Chancellor of the University of the Western Cape. Previously, he has served as the Bishop of Johannesburg and Archbishop of Cape Town. In addition to the Nobel Peace Prize, Tutu has received many awards, and in 1995, former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela appointed him to head the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The Schooler Lecture Series was established at Mount Union College in 1988 to bring major speakers to campus. The lecture series is the result of a gift to the College by the Schooler Foundation, provided by Mr. and Mrs. Seward Schooler of Coshocton, Ohio.

Past Schooler lecturers have included former U.S. President Gerald R. Ford, the late astronomer Carl Sagan, former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, former U.N. Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, news magazine host Hugh Downs, news commentator David Brinkley, former hostage Terry Anderson, Schindler's List author Thomas Keneally and holocaust survivor Leopold Page, Supreme Court Justice Alan Page, Apollo 13 Commander James Lovell, Rabbi Laureate Harold Kushner, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, environmental conservationist Robert F. Kennedy Jr., author Robert Fulghum, educator Joe Clark, former president of Poland Lech Walesa, Mount Everest explorer Dr. Beck Weathers and former New York Governor Mario Cuomo.

Tutu was just 12 years old when he first met Father Trevor Huddleston, an Anglican cleric and early outspoken critic of apartheid. The message of Father Huddleston's work would remain close to the future Archbishop for years to come.

Ordained to the priesthood in 1961, Tutu served in various positions in South Africa, including chaplain at the University of Fort Hare, lecturer in department of theology at the University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland, Dean of St. Mary's Cathedral in Johannesburg and Bishop of Lesotho. With South Africa in turmoil in the wake of the 1976 Soweto uprising, Tutu was persuaded to take up the post of General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches (SACC). It was in this position, which he held from 1978-1985, that he became an international figure.

Under his direction, the SACC became a vital institution in South African spiritual and political life. Under Tutu's leadership, the council provided assistance to the victims of apartheid. Inevitably, this placed the Archbishop deep within the controversy as he spoke out against the injustice of the system. In 1984, Tutu's contribution to the cause of racial injustice in South Africa was recognized when he received the Nobel Peace Prize.

Tutu retired from the position of Archbishop of Cape Town in 1996, but was later named Archbishop Emeritus. He is the author of four collections of sermons and addresses.

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