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Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
November 19, 2008


Archbishop Desmond Tutu to Receive Fulbright Prize

Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Goli Ameri and the Fulbright Association will co-host a ceremony honoring Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu on Friday, November 21, 2008, at 11 a.m. in the Dean Acheson Auditorium of the U.S. Department of State. The 2008 J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding will be awarded to Archbishop Tutu for his work for peace in South Africa and elsewhere. The prize carries a $50,000 award provided by The Coca-Cola Foundation.

In addition to Archbishop Tutu, other speakers will include poet Maya Angelou; Coca-Cola Company Chairman of the Board Neville Isdell; Goucher College Professor Kelly Brown Douglas; and Fulbright Association President Suzanne E. Siskel.

The J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding was created by the Fulbright Association in 1993 to recognize individuals who have made extraordinary contributions toward bringing peoples, cultures, and nations to greater understanding of others. Past Fulbright Prize recipients include Bill Clinton, Colin Powell, Václav Havel, Jimmy Carter, and Nelson Mandela.

The event is open to the press.

Pre-set time for cameras: 10:15 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance
Final access for all press: 10:45 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of the following:
(1) a U.S. government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center); (2) a media-issued photo identification card; or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification (driver’s license or passport).

Press Contacts:
Catherine Stearns
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
U.S. Department of State
(202) 203-5107 or StearnsCL@state.gov

2008/976

Released on November 19, 2008

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