The Honorable Naomi Tutu and Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, two of the world’s most eloquent stewards of peace through a commitment of compassion, will speak on the topic, “How does faith strengthen ones capacity for compassion and restoration? The event will include a Q & A, followed by a book signing and meet and greet with the guests.
The Honorable Naomi Tutu, daughter of Bishop Desmond Tutu, says, “It takes courage and the willingness to speak and hear the truth. The first step of healing is so often the hardest. We are afraid to speak the truths that might question our images of ourselves.” South Africa’s Truth & Reconciliation Commission is a proven model for Hon. Naomi Tutu to present how we can begin to heal as individuals and a society. “Rather than focus on what separates us,” she encourages us to “focus on our shared humanity in order to build a just world.”
Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, a Nobel Peace prize nominee and author I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace, has a heartfelt message of forgiveness, tolerance and empowerment. “The suffering in this world is manmade, and each of us has the ability to speak out and challenge it,” states Dr. Abuelaish. Losing three daughters and a niece to violence, he could have easily become a vengeful person. But he calls the destruction that hate always brings, “a poison, a disease, a fire that eats the one who carries it.” To honor and give meaning to his loss, Dr, Abuekaish established the Daughters for Life Foundation, which is dedicated to providing education, health and leadership courses, so that other girls can live out the dreams of his daughters and their cousin.
Please RVSP by September 16 with Jenna C. Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org
This event is free to all students with an I.D.