Desmond Tutu's daughter one of several speakers this weekend

Anglican minister to address subject of AIDS crisis in Africa and possible solutions | September 16, 2004

The Rev. Mpho Tutu, daughter of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu, visits campus this weekend to deliver an address titled “Nurturing Hope in the Face of the AIDS Crisis in Africa” and to discuss possible solutions. Tutu is speaking at the Schiff Family Conference Center in the Cintas Center on Sunday, Sept. 19, at 2:00 p.m.

Born in London, Tutu was educated in England, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho and the United States, where she was ordained to the Anglican priesthood in January. Tutu speaks on a wide range of humanitarian issues across North America and is a member of the Mother’s Union, a Christian organization that promotes the well-being of families. She also serves on the board of directors of the Global AIDS Alliance, an advocacy group in Washington, D.C.

The event, which is open to the public free of charge, is presented by the Brueggeman center for dialogue in conjunction with the University’s peace and justice programs, academic service-learning programs and Ballarmine Chapel. It is one of several events taking place on campus this weekend as the school year swings into full gear.

Also on Sunday, Sept. 19, the University begins a weeklong series of events dealing with the war in Iraq. Jim Tarbell, editor of Alliance for Democracy and accomplished author, begins the series with a talk on “The Economy and Iraq” in which he examines the economic and environmental costs of the invasion. The talk is in Kelley Auditorium in Alter Hall at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. More information about other parts of the series of events, including the Eyes Wide Open display of combat boots and shoes, is available online.

Many first-year students are heading away from campus this weekend as they take part in the higher ground retreat sponsored by campus ministry. The 24-hour retreat provides the students the chance to reflect on the major transition in their lives since leaving home for college.

Meanwhile, all science majors, minors, faculty and staff are holding a cookout on Friday, Sept. 17, from 4:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. in the fountain plaza between Albers and Logan halls.

For those who are still hungry, the student activities council is providing a shuttle bus to the Cincinnati Oktoberfest downtown for students on Saturday, Sept. 18.

Alumni soccer players are also returning to campus this weekend to get their kicks. On Saturday, Sept. 18, the men’s and women’s soccer alumni gather again for the annual alumni games. The women’s game begins at 5:00 p.m. and is followed by the men’s alumni game at 7:00 p.m. at the soccer complex.

The field will also get more action on Sunday, Sept. 19, when the men’s varsity team takes on Valparaiso University at 1:00 p.m. All other athletic events are on the road this weekend.