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TV and Web Broadcasts Are Scheduled Nobel Peace Laureates Conference Video and Transcripts Offer Wide-ranging Discussions About Peace

April 6, 1999 -- The historic Nobel Peace Laureates Conference held last fall at the University of Virginia, featuring His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and other world peacemakers, can be fully experienced again in a number of ways, including on videotapes, television and the World Wide Web, as well as in transcript form on the Web. The conference of the nine peacemakers who gathered at U.Va. Nov. 5-6, 1998, to discuss "Human Rights, Conflict, and Reconciliation" included many moving exchanges and far-reaching ideas about promoting peace.

Complete transcripts of the conference, including audience questions and responses, are now online on the conference World Wide Web site at http://www.virginia.edu/nobel Video of the conference may also be viewed on that Web site.

The conference also will be shown progressively in segments on local Adelphia public- access cable Channel 14 on April 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 and 29, and May 4, 6 and 11. One approximately hour-long session will be aired twice on those days, at 10 a.m. and again at 4 p.m.

Videotapes of the entire conference may be purchased for $70 for a full set of nine videos. Single tapes of various conference sessions are $10 each. For information or to order videos call University News Services at (804) 924-7116.

The Nobel Peace Laureates Conference included His Holiness the Dalai Lama, spiritual and political leader of Tibet and worldwide symbol of nonviolent advocacy; Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, who worked for reconciliation in post-apartheid South Africa as head of the country's Truth and Reconciliation Commission; former President Oscar Arias Sanchez of Costa Rica, architect of Central American peace initiatives and promoter of arms control; Jose Ramos-Horta of East Timor, recognized for his efforts to resolve the East Timor Indonesian conflict; Rigoberta Menchu Tum of Guatemala, leading advocate of indigenous peoples' rights and ethnic reconciliation; Betty Williams, whose work in Northern Ireland helped forge a "peoples' power" movement; and Jody Williams of the United States, whose grassroots campaign to ban landmines raised awareness worldwide.

Also participating were Bobby Muller, president of the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation who co-founded the Nobel-winning International Campaign to Ban Landmines; and Harn Yawnghwe, director of the Euro-Burma Office, representing Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma, who received the 1991 Nobel Prize for her work to restore democracy to her country. Civil rights leader Julian Bond, national chair of the NAACP and professor of civil rights history at U.Va., moderated the discussions.

Conference proceedings will be published next year by the University Press of Virginia as a book.

The Nobel Peace Laureates Conference on Human Rights, Conflict, and Reconciliation was presented by the University of Virginia and the Institute for Asian Democracy.

Contact: Charlotte Crystal, (804) 924-6858

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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