Nobel Peace Prize Winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu to Sail With Semester at Sea(R) for Entire Spring Semester

Venerated World Leader Will Be "Distinguished Lecturer in Residence" for

100-Day Voyage



Sep 26, 2006, 01:00 ET from Institute for Shipboard Education

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Sept. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Nobel Peace Prize Winner
 Archbishop Desmond Tutu will serve as "Distinguished Lecturer in Residence"
 for the Semester at Sea(R) (SAS) program and will sail aboard the MV
 Explorer as it circumnavigates the globe during the entire Spring 2007
 semester voyage.
     (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060926/CLTU511 )
     The announcement was made by Les McCabe, president of the Institute for
 Shipboard Education, which administers the Semester at Sea(R) program. The
 University of Virginia is the academic sponsor.
     Archbishop Tutu will join approximately 600 undergraduate students from
 colleges and universities from around the world for the 100-day voyage. Not
 only will the Archbishop interact with students on an informal basis
 throughout the semester, but he will also be guest lecturer in many courses
 in various disciplines including anthropology, history, religion, and
 political science.
     The itinerary for the voyage includes six days in Cape Town, South
 Africa, and Archbishop Tutu will present a series of "interport" lectures
 as the ship sails from Brazil to South Africa. In addition, his presence
 will be keenly felt in the global studies program that is appropriately
 themed "Patterns of Conflict and Paths to Peace in a Diverse World."
     "I have had and will have again this coming spring the good fortune to
 be a small part of a wonderful experiment in education called Semester at
 Sea," explained Archbishop Tutu, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.
 "The mission of this grand experiment has been to foster greater
 intercultural understanding by exposing its participants-young and old,
 students and faculty-to people and cultures around the world while
 providing them with a sea-going classroom in which to study and absorb what
 they've seen and learned.
     "In the great ocean of human affairs, this idea may seem like a small
 fish, but one fish can reach others and those others can reach still more
 until the great web of understanding and enlightenment spreads out to
 encircle the globe. Only in that way can we move beyond our fears and
 learn, finally, to live in harmony with ourselves and our planet."
     Archbishop Tutu has participated in the Semester at Sea program on
 numerous occasions in the past, sailing on partial voyages in both 1984 and
 2005 and speaking to the students in Cape Town on other occasions. This
 will be the first time he has participated in an entire voyage.
     According to SAS president McCabe, Tutu's presence on board the ship
 for 100 days will be life-changing. "I was fortunate to be a participant on
 the Archbishop's first voyage with Semester at Sea in 1992 and to witness
 how transformative his presence on board was for many students in just 10
 short days," he says. "I can only imagine the impact he will have on
 students for an entire voyage around the world. Given the critical role
 South Africa has played for years as an important destination on Semester
 at Seas' voyages of discovery, having Nobel Laureate Tutu on board the
 Spring voyage will represent an unparalleled opportunity for our students.
 They will personally interact with and learn from a world renowned figure
 who served as a powerful force in breaking down apartheid and also as a
 model to humanity through his leadership of the Truth and Reconciliation
 Commission."
     The Spring 2007 semester voyage will begin on February 4, 2007 in
 Nassau, Bahamas and will visit the following ports-of-call: San Juan,
 Puerto Rico; Salvador, Brazil; Cape Town, South Africa; Port Louis,
 Mauritius; Chennai, India; Penang, Malaysia; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam;
 Hong Kong; Qingdao, China; Kobe, Japan; and Honolulu, Hawaii before finally
 docking in San Diego, California on May 14.
     More than 45,000 students have participated since the Semester at
 Sea(R) program began in 1963. Courses offered are fully transferable to the
 student's home institution. Students choose from more than 75 lower and
 upper division courses during the fall/spring terms and approximately 40
 during the summer session that include a wide variety of disciplines.
 Classes meet daily while the ship is at sea. The faculty is comprised of
 visiting professors from institutions across the U.S. and abroad. All have
 extensive international experience that serves to further integrate course
 content with the countries on the itinerary.
     When in port, students choose from a wide range of structured travel
 opportunities that are developed by the Institute and the faculty. Students
 may also choose to travel independently. Each class has a field component
 requirement that the student must complete during the voyage. Students
 satisfy the class field requirements by completing assignments during their
 in-country travel experiences. Activities in port can include home stays
 with families in the countries; visits to universities; travel to places of
 historic, cultural and religious significance; or simply experiencing life
 in the cities and rural areas. Port visits range from three to five days.
     For more information on Semester at Sea, please visit our website at
 www.semesteratsea.com or call 1-800-854-0195.
     About The Institute for Shipboard Education
     The Institute for Shipboard Education is a non-profit, 501c3
 organization that administers the Semester at Sea(R) program. The
 University of Virginia is the academic sponsor of Semester at Sea, which is
 one of the longest standing and most well-known study abroad programs in
 the United States today. Since 1963, over 45,000 students have studied
 abroad on Semester at Sea and its predecessor programs. The Institute is
 committed to providing challenging and creative study abroad programming to
 help students prepare for the demands of an ever-changing world.
 Undergraduate students from colleges and universities across the U.S. and
 abroad participate each semester, earning academic credit from the
 University of Virginia.
     From: Kay Volkema, Institute for Shipboard Education
     Contact: 434-243-4065; cell: 303-819-1999;
     email: kvolkema@ise.virginia.edu
 
 

SOURCE Institute for Shipboard Education
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Sept. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Nobel Peace Prize Winner
 Archbishop Desmond Tutu will serve as "Distinguished Lecturer in Residence"
 for the Semester at Sea(R) (SAS) program and will sail aboard the MV
 Explorer as it circumnavigates the globe during the entire Spring 2007
 semester voyage.
     (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060926/CLTU511 )
     The announcement was made by Les McCabe, president of the Institute for
 Shipboard Education, which administers the Semester at Sea(R) program. The
 University of Virginia is the academic sponsor.
     Archbishop Tutu will join approximately 600 undergraduate students from
 colleges and universities from around the world for the 100-day voyage. Not
 only will the Archbishop interact with students on an informal basis
 throughout the semester, but he will also be guest lecturer in many courses
 in various disciplines including anthropology, history, religion, and
 political science.
     The itinerary for the voyage includes six days in Cape Town, South
 Africa, and Archbishop Tutu will present a series of "interport" lectures
 as the ship sails from Brazil to South Africa. In addition, his presence
 will be keenly felt in the global studies program that is appropriately
 themed "Patterns of Conflict and Paths to Peace in a Diverse World."
     "I have had and will have again this coming spring the good fortune to
 be a small part of a wonderful experiment in education called Semester at
 Sea," explained Archbishop Tutu, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.
 "The mission of this grand experiment has been to foster greater
 intercultural understanding by exposing its participants-young and old,
 students and faculty-to people and cultures around the world while
 providing them with a sea-going classroom in which to study and absorb what
 they've seen and learned.
     "In the great ocean of human affairs, this idea may seem like a small
 fish, but one fish can reach others and those others can reach still more
 until the great web of understanding and enlightenment spreads out to
 encircle the globe. Only in that way can we move beyond our fears and
 learn, finally, to live in harmony with ourselves and our planet."
     Archbishop Tutu has participated in the Semester at Sea program on
 numerous occasions in the past, sailing on partial voyages in both 1984 and
 2005 and speaking to the students in Cape Town on other occasions. This
 will be the first time he has participated in an entire voyage.
     According to SAS president McCabe, Tutu's presence on board the ship
 for 100 days will be life-changing. "I was fortunate to be a participant on
 the Archbishop's first voyage with Semester at Sea in 1992 and to witness
 how transformative his presence on board was for many students in just 10
 short days," he says. "I can only imagine the impact he will have on
 students for an entire voyage around the world. Given the critical role
 South Africa has played for years as an important destination on Semester
 at Seas' voyages of discovery, having Nobel Laureate Tutu on board the
 Spring voyage will represent an unparalleled opportunity for our students.
 They will personally interact with and learn from a world renowned figure
 who served as a powerful force in breaking down apartheid and also as a
 model to humanity through his leadership of the Truth and Reconciliation
 Commission."
     The Spring 2007 semester voyage will begin on February 4, 2007 in
 Nassau, Bahamas and will visit the following ports-of-call: San Juan,
 Puerto Rico; Salvador, Brazil; Cape Town, South Africa; Port Louis,
 Mauritius; Chennai, India; Penang, Malaysia; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam;
 Hong Kong; Qingdao, China; Kobe, Japan; and Honolulu, Hawaii before finally
 docking in San Diego, California on May 14.
     More than 45,000 students have participated since the Semester at
 Sea(R) program began in 1963. Courses offered are fully transferable to the
 student's home institution. Students choose from more than 75 lower and
 upper division courses during the fall/spring terms and approximately 40
 during the summer session that include a wide variety of disciplines.
 Classes meet daily while the ship is at sea. The faculty is comprised of
 visiting professors from institutions across the U.S. and abroad. All have
 extensive international experience that serves to further integrate course
 content with the countries on the itinerary.
     When in port, students choose from a wide range of structured travel
 opportunities that are developed by the Institute and the faculty. Students
 may also choose to travel independently. Each class has a field component
 requirement that the student must complete during the voyage. Students
 satisfy the class field requirements by completing assignments during their
 in-country travel experiences. Activities in port can include home stays
 with families in the countries; visits to universities; travel to places of
 historic, cultural and religious significance; or simply experiencing life
 in the cities and rural areas. Port visits range from three to five days.
     For more information on Semester at Sea, please visit our website at
 www.semesteratsea.com or call 1-800-854-0195.
     About The Institute for Shipboard Education
     The Institute for Shipboard Education is a non-profit, 501c3
 organization that administers the Semester at Sea(R) program. The
 University of Virginia is the academic sponsor of Semester at Sea, which is
 one of the longest standing and most well-known study abroad programs in
 the United States today. Since 1963, over 45,000 students have studied
 abroad on Semester at Sea and its predecessor programs. The Institute is
 committed to providing challenging and creative study abroad programming to
 help students prepare for the demands of an ever-changing world.
 Undergraduate students from colleges and universities across the U.S. and
 abroad participate each semester, earning academic credit from the
 University of Virginia.
     From: Kay Volkema, Institute for Shipboard Education
     Contact: 434-243-4065; cell: 303-819-1999;
     email: kvolkema@ise.virginia.edu
 
 SOURCE Institute for Shipboard Education