Press Release: Tutu to Oslo

Photography: Johannes Granseth/Vart Land Forlag/Nobel Peace Center

“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.

“Throughout his life, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu has been an outspoken and fearless champion in the struggle against apartheid and for nonviolence. I am very much looking forward to welcoming him and his daughter Mpho to Oslo in September, and I am sure that the conversation between Archbishop Tutu and Geir Lippestad at the Oslo Concert Hall will be both thought-provoking and interesting,” says Bente Erichsen, executive director of the Nobel Peace Center.

“We are proud to be co-hosting Mpho and Desmond Tutu along with the Nobel Peace Center. The Tutus message of reconciliation and forgiveness is something we wish to put on the agenda in Norway as well. We are delighted to invite the public to a unique conversation between Geir Lippestad and Mpho and Desmond Tutu in September, and to be the publisher of the Norwegian version of their book The Book of Forgiving,” says Ole Jacob Mosvold, deputy managing director of the newspaper Vårt Land, and divisional director at Mentor Medier.

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.”


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