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Tutu to Oslo

23 September 2014 19.00

30 years after Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and 20 years after the abolition of apartheid, Tutu is coming to Oslo, accompanied by his daughter Mpho, to speak about forgiveness.

The Nobel Peace Center and Vårt Land are pleased to arrange a conversation between Geir Lippestad and Desmond and Mpho Tutu at the Oslo Concert Hall, at 19.00 Tuesday 23 September.

Forgiveness can’t change the past, but it can change the future.
Desmond Tutu

Through his struggle  to defeat apartheid, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and nonviolence activist Desmond Tutu has witnessed some of the worst crimes a person can be subjected to. In the course of his work he is often asked: How can I forgive? To answer that question he has written the book The Book of Forgiving, in collaboration with his daughter Mpho Tutu. The Norwegian edition is available as of September.

In conversation with Geir Lippestad, Desmond and Mpho Tutu will talk about the nature of forgiveness, how we can forgive and why forgiveness is crucial both for our own lives and for peace between people. The question of how far human dignity stretches and whether every individual deserves forgiveness is also of central importance.

Following the end of apartheid, Desmond Tutu led the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, one of the world’s best known exercises in restorative justice. The process was crucial for South Africa’s transition from racial segregation under the apartheid regime to freedom and democracy. The transition has not been painless, and South Africa today is a society riven by deep social inequalities and widespread violence.

The reverend Mpho A. Tutu an Episcopal priest and Executive Director of The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation. She has worked with rape survivors in Grahamstown, South-Africa, and with South African and Namibian refugees from her previous position in The Phelps Stokes Fund in New York. She is the Chairperson Emieritus of the board of the Global AIDS Alliance. She is currently writing her PhD on forgiveness.

Geir Lippestad was appointed as defence counsel for the perpetrator of the terrorist attacks in Norway on 22 July 2011. His confident handling of the difficult defence role, combined with the Norwegian judicial process, sparked considerable international interest.

…I would like to share with you two simple truths: there is nothing that cannot be forgiven, and there is no one undeserving of forgiveness. When you can see and understand that we are all bound to one another – whether by birth, by circumstance, or simply by our shared humanity – then you will know this to be true.
Desmond Tutu.

Buy tickets at Oslo Concert Hall
Time: 23 September 2014, 19.00.
Venue: Oslo Concert Hall – The main hall
Ticket price: 300 NOK (inc. fees)
The conversation will be in English.

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