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Date: November 15, 2007
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970; Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

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Rev. Mpho Tutu, Daughter of Bishop Desmond Tutu, to Speak at Montgomery College
Founder of Tutu Institute and Daughter of South African Civil Rights Activist to Present Lecture and Master Class at Rockville Campus Theatre Arts Arena on December 4

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The Rev. Mpho Tutu—daughter of Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa and founder of the Tutu Institute for Prayer and Pilgrimage—will present a lecture and master class at Montgomery College's Theatre Arts Arena on the Rockville Campus, on Tuesday, Dec. 4 beginning at 10 a.m.

Rev. Tutu will address the topic of "Conflict Resolution Through Forgiveness and Reconciliation," first with a lecture from 10–10:45 a.m. and then through a master class and discussion, which will take place from 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Both the lecture and the master class are free and open to the public. Rev. Tutu’s presentation is being sponsored by the Montgomery College "Make It Happen Innovation Grant" program.

Rev. Tutu is an Episcopal priest who currently serves as the Assisting Priest at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., after having begun her ministry at the Historic Christ Church in Alexandria, Va. She is an experienced public speaker and preacher, having addressed groups and congregations as diverse as Trinity Church Boston and Mother Bethel AME Church in Philadelphia. Prior to her ordination, she was Director of the Discovery Program at All Saints Church, a weekday and summer ministry for children in downtown Worcester, Mass.

Rev. Tutu studied and taught in Grahamstown, South Africa, at the College of the Transfiguration, the Provincial Episcopal seminary of Southern Africa. While at the College, she joined the Mother's Union, and worked in both Xhosa- and English-speaking congregations. With a grant from the Episcopal Evangelical Education Society, she initiated pastoral care ministry for rape survivors and their families.

For five years, Rev. Tutu was Director of the Bishop Desmond Tutu Southern African Refugee Scholarship Fund of the Phelps Stokes Fund. That program provided full four-year college scholarships to refugees from South Africa and Namibia. Rev. Tutu is the chairperson of the board of the Global AIDS Alliance and a member of the advisory board Reinvest in South Africa (RISA).

Rev. Tutu's father, Bishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu, is a South African cleric and activist who rose to worldwide fame while he was serving as the first black General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches. In this role, he took a stand against apartheid and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984. Two years later, Tutu was elected and ordained the first black South African Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa. Upon Nelson Mandela’s election as president of South Africa, Archbishop Tutu chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate human rights abuses during apartheid. Now retired as archbishop, Tutu continues to work on human rights issues.

Montgomery College's Rockville Campus is located at 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md. For directions to and around the campus, and to the Theatre Arts Arena, please visit: and click on the "Maps and Directories" link.

For more information about Rev. Tutu's presentation on December 4, please contact Professor Tulin Levitas at or 240-567-7430.

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