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For Immediate Release
February 13, 2013

Omnibus Lecture Talks about Race and Racism

Key Info

  • Omnibus Speaker Naomi Tutu
  • “Hard Conversations: Talking About Race and Racism”
  • Thursday, Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m.
  • Rhinehart Music Center
  • FREE TICKETS REQUIRED
  1. Pick up in person at the Larson Ticket Office in Gates Athletics Center, Monday–Friday, 12:30–6:30 p.m. OR
  2. Reserve online OR
  3. If tickets remain, obtain one hour before lecture in the Rhinehart Music Center
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FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne’s (IPFW) Omnibus Lecture Series presents human rights advocate Naomi Tutu and “Hard Conversations: Talking About Race and Racism,” Thursday, February 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rhinehart Music Center. The lecture is open to the public; however, free tickets are required.

Naomi Tutu is a lifetime advocate of human rights. Tutu was born in apartheid South Africa, but later lived in Lesotho, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Growing up as the daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, she faced many opportunities and challenges in finding her place in the world. She has taken up the challenge and channeled the opportunities to raise her voice as a champion for the dignity of all.

Tutu served as a development consultant in West Africa and coordinated programs for race and gender-based violence in education at the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town. She has also taught at the University of Hartford, the University of Connecticut, and Brevard College.

Tutu is a consultant to two human rights organizations, the Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence (SAIV) and the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa (PHSSA), and has led workshops for conflict resolution and issues of race and racism, as well as women’s retreats through her organization, Sister Sojourner.

Free tickets are required for all Omnibus Lectures. Tickets may be obtained IN PERSON at the Larson Box Office in the Gates Athletics Center, 12:30–6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; ONLINE with a convenience fee of $1; or DAY OF EVENT in the Rhinehart Music Center one hour before the lecture if seats remain. Tickets will be available three weeks prior to each event.

The Omnibus Lecture Series has been supported by the English Bonter Mitchell Foundation since 1995. The 2012–13 season media sponsors are WANE-TV NewsChannel 15 and Northeast Indiana Public Radio.

Each lecture will be held on the IPFW campus in The John and Ruth Rhinehart Music Center’s 1,600-seat Auer Performance Hall. Doors open one hour before the each lecture. Campus parking is free and convenient. A new 1,000-space parking garage is located in the Fine Arts Plaza to serve Omnibus audiences. Patrons are advised to allow ample time for traffic and parking, as the series and other events on campus may draw large crowds.

The John and Ruth Rhinehart Music Center is located on the north end of campus in the arts plaza next to the Ernest E. Williams Theatre and the Visual Arts Building, and behind the Medical Education Center.

For a parking map, more information, and speaker photos, visit the Omnibus website or contact Louise Teague, University Relations and Communications, at 260-481-6495 or teaguel@ipfw.edu.

NOTE TO MEDIA:  There will not be a news conference with Ms. Tutu for this Omnibus lecture. 

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