A Conversation to Consider the Legacy of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

February 2022

tue15feb12:50 pmA Conversation to Consider the Legacy of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

Event Details

A Conversation to Consider the Legacy of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

In recognition of Black History Month, the Racial Justice Project and the South Africa Reading Group at New York Law School will host a panel to consider the legacy of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, both within South Africa and around the globe. The conversation will be moderated by Professor Penelope Andrews, Director of the Racial Justice Project, and Stephanie Urdang, author of several books, including Fighting Two Colonialisms: Women in Guinea-Bissau and Mapping My Way Home.

The panel will feature Dr. Pippa Green, Managing Editor, Econ 3X3 and former Press Ombudsman, South Africa; Dr. Robert Jones, Chancellor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; and Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Global Disability Advisor, The World Bank.  

The program will highlight the legacy of Archbishop Emeritus Tutu, who died in December 2021 at the age of 90. Described by observers in South Africa and abroad as the “moral conscience of the nation,” “the Arch,” as he was affectionately referred to in South Africa, dedicated his life to ending Apartheid, for which he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984. He shared the vision of a “rainbow nation” in which all communities could live together in dignity and equality. Tasked by President Nelson Mandela to chair the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Arch was lauded across the world for his role in the proceedings, and the concepts of restorative justice and ubuntu are largely associated with his name.

In a tribute to the Arch, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa noted: “From the pavements of resistance in South Africa to the pulpits of the world’s great cathedrals and places of worship and the prestigious setting of the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, the Arch distinguished himself as a non-sectarian, inclusive champion of universal human rights.”    


Dr. Robert J. Jones became chancellor of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign on September 26, 2016. He previously served as president of the University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY), and is an experienced and accomplished scientist and research university leader. Read his full bio.

Charlotte V. McClain-Nhlapo is Global Disability Advisor of the World Bank Group, where she focuses on working with and supporting operational teams across the institution to ensure that Bank policies, programs, and projects take people with disabilities into consideration. Read her full bio.

Dr. Pippa Green is the Managing Editor at Econ 3X3. Her work has been published widely in magazines and newspapers in South Africa and the United States, and she is the author of Choice not Fate; The Life and Times of Trevor Manuel (Penguin, 2008). From 2019–2021, she served as the South African National Press Ombudsman. Read her full bio.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

12:50 p.m. EST

Information on how to access the webinar will be provided via email closer to the webinar date.

Zoom link will be sent via email before the event.

The Racial Justice Project is housed within the Wilf Impact Center for Public Interest Law.