The Richmond Register

January 16, 2014

Human rights advocate Naomi Tutu to speak at Berea College


Special to the Register

RICHMOND — Naomi Tutu, daughter of retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and a 1983 alumna of Berea College, will facilitate a workshop titled “Truth and Reconciliation” from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Carter G. Woodson Center Gallery of the college’s Alumni Building. Dinner will be provided.

There is no cost for the event, but reservations are required and will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Woodson Center administrative assistant Diana Taylor, diana.taylor@berea.edu or 985-3785 for reservations.

The workshop is intended for those who lead truth and reconciliation processes in their communities, according to an announcement from the college. It will focus on dealing with how people listen to and speak truth to one another.

Participants will start by looking into the stories they have been told and that they tell about themselves and “others.” They also will spend time investigating the importance of those stories and the effect they have on perceptions and actions.

Naomi Tutu started public speaking while a Berea student when she was invited to present at churches, community groups and colleges about her experiences growing up in apartheid South Africa. Since then, she has become a much sought-after speaker to groups as varied as business associations, professional conferences, elected officials, church and civic organizations.