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Desmond Tutu Honorary Doctorate

On Monday 24 September 2012, the University of Groningen awarded an honorary doctorate in Theology and Religious Studies to Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. The Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Prof George van Kooten, promoted the Archbishop for the award for his outstanding achievements in the peaceful transition from repression to a democratic non-racial, nonsexist South Africa, through his work on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, his plea for restorative justice, and his constructive use of religion in the peace-building process through forgiveness, confession, and reconciliation. Prof van Kooten also highlighted how important and influential Archbishop Emeritus Tutu’s work was for the newly established Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain, which includes a research project on political apologies and forgiveness amongst its activities.

After the ceremony, Prof van Kooten and Dr Erin Wilson, Director of the Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain, presented Archbishop Tutu with a copy of Dr Wilson’s recently published book After Secularism: Rethinking Religion in Global Politics as a memento of the occasion. The book was dedicated to the Archbishop Emeritus “in grateful recognition of a life of grace, service and inspiration.”

For the full text of the laudatio, see  http://www.rug.nl/corporate/nieuws/archief/archief2012/nieuwsberichten/Tutu-laudatio

See also the University's report on the event at http://www.rug.nl/corporate/nieuws/archief/archief2012/nieuwsberichten/tutu-bericht?lang=en

Prof George van Kooten, Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, with CRCPD Director Dr Erin Wilson, present Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu with his gift.
Prof George van Kooten, Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, with CRCPD Director Dr Erin Wilson, present Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu with his gift.
Archbishop Emeritus Tutu talks with Dr Wilson about his work.
Archbishop Emeritus Tutu talks with Dr Wilson about his work.
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