“My humanity is caught up, is inextricably bound up, in what is yours,”¬†Archbishop¬†Desmond¬†Tutu¬†has remarked when translating¬†the¬†Bantu¬†term¬†Ubuntu¬≠–a treasured concept in the¬†Semester at Sea¬†lexicon.¬†Ubuntu¬†captures the¬†essence¬†of Semester at Sea‚Äôs multiple-country approach, one which¬†allows participants to experience the interconnectedness of the world‚Äôs cultures and communities, and to see¬†and be inspired by¬†the similarities among all of humanity.
Nobel Laureate¬†Tutu¬†will¬†bring his expertise and humanitarian insight¬†to the¬†Spring 2013¬†voyage of Semester at Sea when he and his wife Leah sail from the embarkation port of San Diego, Calif. to Cape Town, South Africa.¬†Tutu, 80, will participate in the inaugural¬†Unreasonable at Sea¬†program as a¬†mentor¬†and give lectures to the entire shipboard community.
“Semester at Sea is a wonderful educational experience that can help to promote global peace and¬†understanding around the world,” he said. “The value of seeing the world and its people firsthand, gaining a sense of its interconnectedness, helping others, seeing poverty and hardship, developing a compassion for others‚Äîthis is such a valuable educational experience for our young people.”
Among his many achievements, Archbishop¬†Tutu¬†received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984¬†for‚Ä® his¬†efforts to end apartheid, served as Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and received the International Gandhi Peace Prize in 2007.¬†Tutu¬†received the¬†African Lifetime Achievement Award from the Millennium Excellence Awards Foundation in 2010, an award he accepted in Ghana while sailing on Semester at Sea.
Archbishop¬†Tutu¬†previously sailed on the entire Fall 2010 and Spring 2007 voyages of Semester at Sea and has visited the ship in South Africa on multiple occasions. The¬†Desmond¬†Tutu¬†Distinguished Chair in Global¬†Understanding was established in his honor to promote¬†global awareness and intercultural understanding. He serves on the ISE/SAS Board of Trustees.