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Conversations on Peace: Race and Privilege with the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation

Desmond Tutu’s Granddaughter to Speak at Valencia College

Nobel peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, known for anti-apartheid activism and as a world-reknowned leader for peace, has recently scaled back his travel this year to focus on his health, but has created a legacy that his granddaughter is committed to carrying on.

Nyaniso Tutu-Burris, an outspoken activist for gender and racial equality, will be discussing her grandfather’s impact on the world and her thoughts on race and privilege at the upcoming Conversations on Peace on November 2nd and 3rd at Valencia College during a visit co-sponsored by the Peace and Justice Institute and the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation.

Students and the public are invited to attend the discussions on the East Campus of Valencia, which also feature author Robert V. Taylor and community leaders addressing issues of racial inequality, privilege, developing inner peace and forgiveness.

“Nyaniso Tutu-Burris has been inspiring young people to stand up and do something to make a difference in the world,” about positive change in their communities,” said Rachel Allen, coordinator of the Peace and Justice Institute at Valencia. “I know her message will resonate and cannot wait to see the impact it has on our students.”

Tutu-Burris appearance at Valencia College marks the launch of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation’s Peace3 Program. The program focuses on helping people to develop peace within, which will then bring about peace in their families and communities, and ultimately peace among nations.

“Nyaniso Tutu-Burris is a strong advocate of equality, and addressing the issues that can sometimes be obstacles to peace,” says Brian Rusch, executive director of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation. “Like her grandfather, Nyaniso isn’t afraid to stand up for what she believes in. But also like him, ultimately her message is one of hope.”

The following is the schedule of events. To view the flyer, click here.

Monday, November 2nd
Valencia College East Campus, Room 8-101

10:00-11:15 am
Film Screening: "The Voyage of Desmond Tutu"
Followed by a Q & A with Niso Tutu-Burris, granddaughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu; Donna Blackwell, Board Member of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation; Brian Rusch, Executive Director of Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation; Robert V. Taylor, Author and Speaker

11:30 am-12:45 pm
Conversation with Robert V. Taylor: Desmond Tutu and His Legacy of Peace, Truth and Reconciliation

1:00-2:15 pm
Conversations on Race
An Interactive Workshop for Everyone!

2:30-3:45 pm
Ubuntu: I Am Because You Are with Robert V. Taylor

Tuesday, November 3rd
Valencia College East Campus, Room 8-102

1:00-2:15 pm
The Legacy of Desmond Tutu: It’s Our Time to Act Keynote Presentation with Niso Tutu-Burris

2:30-3:45 pm
Peace Talks: Panel Discussion
Topic: How do you define, achieve and live a life of inner peace? Moderator: Donna Blackwell

For more information, contact the Peace and Justice Office at 407-582-2291 or e-mail at

Monday, November 2, 2015

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