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Free tickets available for Desmond Tutu speech

March 6, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 1984 Nobel Peace Prize recipient and internationally
regarded human rights advocate will speak on "The Struggle for Social Justice and Human Rights" beginning at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 25, at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Western Michigan University is a sponsor of Tutu's Grand Rapids presentation, and the University is making 500 tickets to the event available free of charge to WMU students, faculty and staff through March 19, or while supplies last. A maximum of two tickets per person may be obtained during regular business hours in the International Programs Suite, Second Floor B-Wing of Ellsworth Hall. Requests by mail cannot be honored. All tickets must be picked up in person and a valid student or employee ID is required.

Tutu will deliver only four speeches during his March visit to the United States. His presentation at Van Andel Arena is sponsored by the Grand Rapids World Affairs Council and the council's educational partners, including Western Michigan University.

As a prelude to the March 25 speech, the Africana Studies Program at WMU will present videotapes of proceedings of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, one of Bishop Tutu's best-known achievements in conflict resolution. The videotapes will be shown on Friday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m. in 2302 Sangren Hall.

For more information about the ticket offer for WMU students, faculty and staff, contact Siobhan Keenan, in the Office of Study Abroad at 387-4108.

Media contact: Matt Gerard, 269 387-8400, matthew.gerard@wmich.edu

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