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UAlbany To Bring Scholar Daughters Of Desmond Tutu To Campus


The daughters of renowned South African activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu will make an appearance at the University at Albany as part of a weeklong celebration at the college.

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The coming week will highlight UAlbany's strengths in research, scholarships, campus life, diversity and community engagement, as well as celebrating the formal inauguration of Robert Jones as the college’s 19th president.

Race and gender activist Nontombi Naomi Tutu and HIV treatment/AIDS researcher Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe are the daughters of Nobel Laureate and renowned South African social rights activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

The sisters grew up in South Africa under apartheid. Now, they lobby for peace and social justice, carrying on the legacy of their famous father through their work in the areas of racial reconciliation, equality, women's issues, and HIV/AIDS.

Their UAlbany conversation will be hosted by President Jones, whose relationship with their father goes back to 1983.

When Jones began working with Tutu, there were less than 5-thousand college educated black South Africans in the country. After a decade, more than 3-thousand were educated in American universities under the program.

During his work, Jones got to know the Tutu sisters... today, Nontombi Naomi Tutu looks forward to visiting the UAlbany campus and reuniting with Jones.

I asked Tutu to give us an idea of her thoughts on UAlbany — the school, the students, alumni, and faculty.

Mon., Sept. 23, 2013    6:00-7:30 p.m. (Registration not required, but appreciated)
Page Hall, UAlbany downtown campus
135 Western Ave., Albany, NY 12203

Parking information for Invitation-only reception

Parking information for Page Hall event

The Page Hall discussion with the Tutu Sisters is free and open to the public.


Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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