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October 24, 2005

Former South African president F.W. de Klerk to lecture at Birmingham-Southern

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—F.W. de Klerk, world-renowned peacemaker and former president of South Africa who created and currently chairs the Global Leadership Foundation, will lecture at Birmingham-Southern College November 16.

The 2005 Alex P. Stirling Lecture will be delivered by de Klerk at 7 p.m. in Bruno Great Hall of the Norton Campus Center. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, de Klerk shared the award with Nelson Mandela for their work for the peaceful termination of the “apartheid” regime in South Africa, a move which led to multiracial elections and laid the foundation for a new democratic process in that country. He served as president of South Africa from 1989 until successor Nelson Mandela's inauguration in 1994. For two years afterward, de Klerk assumed the post of deputy president in the national unity government. In this post, he worked with Mandela in drafting the new constitution, encouraging foreign investment in South Africa, and continuing the peaceful path to political reform.

Receiving numerous national and international honors, de Klerk was named along with Mandela, Yitzak Rabin, and Yasser Arafat as Time magazine's “Man of the Year” in 1993. In 1999, he established the F.W. de Klerk Foundation, which is dedicated to the promotion of peace in multi-communal societies. His autobiography, The Last Trek – A New Beginning, was published in 2000.

The Stirling Lecture is sponsored annually by the BSC Student Government Association in memory of the Birmingham-Southern student who died of cancer in 1995.

For more information, call BSC's Office of Student Affairs at 205/226-4729. The lecture is part of a series of year-long events in celebration of the college's 150th anniversary.




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