Southwest Tennessee Community College

For Immediate Release

Date January 31, 2008

For More Information: Brenda Rayner 901-333-4247

Naomi Tutu to Speak at Southwest Tennessee Community College

Naomi Tutu, daughter of Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, will be speaking at Southwest Tennessee Community College in conjunction with the International Education Conference, co-sponsored by Southwest and the University of Memphis, on Monday, February 11.

Tutu is the third child of Archbishop Desmond and Nomalizo Leah Tutu. She was born in South Africa and has also lived in Lesotho, the United Kingdom and the United States. As the daughter of Archbishop Tutu, she has been given the opportunity to raise her voice as a champion for the dignity of all. Her professional experience ranges from development consulting in West Africa, to coordinating programs on Race and Gender. Ms Tutu has also taught at the Universities of Hartford and Connecticut, and Brevard College in North Carolina.

Tutu will address the Southwest student body on Monday, February 11, at the Union Avenue Theater from 10 to 11 a.m. This appearance is open only to Southwest students. She will speak again Monday afternoon from 2 to 3 p.m. in Nabors Auditorium on the Southwest Macon Cove Campus, at which the general public is invited. Topics for discussion will include:

  • Telling the Whole Story: Black History is World History
  • Truth and Reconciliation: Healing the Wounds
  • We are the World: Claiming our Connections, Accepting our Responsibility

Tutu is also the keynote speaker for the International Education Conference, co-sponsored by Southwest and The University of Memphis, to be held at The University of Memphis February 12 -13, 2008 at the FedEx Institute of Technology on The University of Memphis Campus.

The conference will feature special break-out sessions for faculty, staff, and administrators, as well as sessions for the experienced international education practitioner. The emphasis for the conference will be on practical, down-to-earth approaches to international education.

For additional information visit the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies' website at


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