The 2017-18 Forum Series at UW-Eau Claire opens Sept. 19 with world-renowned human rights activist Naomi Tutu.
Tutu will present “Truth and Reconciliation: Healing the Wounds of Racism” at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. A reception with refreshments in the Dakota Ballroom of Davies Center will immediately follow the presentation.
The youngest daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the South African-born consultant and activist has lived, studied and worked throughout the world. She ties her presentations to her own experiences with racism and reconciliation, as well as to the common threads she has witnessed around the globe.
As an international human rights advocate, Tutu has based her approach on a model created by the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. This social justice model focuses on how those who have suffered injustice can begin to heal the deep pains of racism and learn to acknowledge and focus on a shared humanity through forgiveness. Tutu encourages her audience to resist feelings of anger toward one another, and instead work together to create a future that is better than the past.
All tickets are general admission and are available online, by phone at 715-836-3727, at the Service Center in Davies Center's east lobby or at the door the day of the event.
Now in its 76th season, the Forum Series is funded by the students of UW-Eau Claire. Speakers are selected and administered by the Activities, Involvement and Leadership office and by an administrative committee of students, faculty/staff and community members. General promotional support is provided by WHYS Radio and Wisconsin Public Radio. In bringing a wide range of topics and vantage points to campus, the Forum Series seeks to develop aesthetic awareness for students.