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Former South African president, Nobel Peace Prize winner F.W. de Klerk to speak

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Former South African President F.W. de Klerk

Former State President of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize winner F.W. de Klerk will present “Bridging the Gap: Globalization Without Isolation” at 7 p.m. February 12, at the Illinois State University Center for Performing Arts Concert Hall.

The talk, which is part of the Illinois State University Speaker Series, is free and open to the public. In his talk, de Klerk will offer powerful perspectives on the importance of peaceful resolve in even the most difficult disputes.

Few world leaders have confronted injustice with as much conviction and political deft as F.W. de Klerk. Shortly after his election as president of South Africa in 1989, de Klerk released Nelson Mandela from prison, and their joint efforts to bring reform to the country earned them the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize. By the time his term ended, de Klerk ended every discriminatory apartheid law and presided over the country’s first-ever multiracial elections.

Currently the chairman of the Global Leadership Foundation, de Klerk enlightens audiences with his unique perspective on current global conflicts that affect the interests of all individuals. With stirring tales from his illustrious career, he inspires listeners with a simple message—that true reform requires courage in the face of resistance.

The Illinois State University Speaker Series seeks to bring innovative and enlightening speakers to the campus with the aim of providing the community with a platform to foster dialogue, cultivate enriching ideas, and continue an appreciation of learning as an active and lifelong process.

This program supports the Core Values of respect and collaboration in the University’s strategic plan.