Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Desmond Tutu Featured at CU-Boulder AIDS Symposium

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Desmond Tutu Featured at CU-Boulder AIDS Symposium

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BOULDER, Colo.

Nobel Peace Prize-winner Desmond Tutu kicked off a six-day "Stop the Silence" AIDS Symposium last month at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The former archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, was the keynote speaker of the symposium that included advocates and scholars from CU-Boulder and Harvard University. Tutu discussed his new book, God Has a Dream: A Vision of Hope for Our Times.

Dustin Craun, a senior ethnic studies major and chair of the University of Colorado Student Union's Distinguished Speakers Board, said Tutu's battle against apartheid was one or the most difficult conflicts of the 20th century. "Now he's taking on the greatest battle of the 21st century, which is the AIDS virus," Craun said. "He believes we can beat the disease if we work together."

The "Stop the Silence" symposium ran from March 29 through April 3 and included more than a dozen events with speakers and panel discussions on AIDS locally and around the world.

The Distinguished Speakers Board organized the symposium, with support from 11 other CU-Boulder student groups, because people aren't talking about AIDS and the media coverage is lacking, Craun said. …

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