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Free lecture on restorative justice

Submitted by Nancy Tarnai
Phone: 907-474-5042

09/11/09

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Photo courtesy of SNRAS
Linda Biehl

The University of Alaska Fairbanks will host a free public lecture on restorative justice Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Wood Center Ballroom.

The lecture will feature Linda Biehl, co-founder and director of the Amy Biehl Foundation. Biehl will speak about the experiences of her daughter Amy Biehl, who was a Fulbright Scholar studying the role of women and gender rights during South Africa's transition from its apartheid regime to a free multiracial democracy. Amy was killed in an act of political violence in South Africa in 1993.

Linda Biehl's message is one of peace and reconciliation, describing how she built a relationship with two of her daughter's killers. The men are now social activists in their community working for the Amy Biehl Foundation Trust. The foundation, which embraces restorative justice, works to fulfill the rights of the South African Constitution: the right to education, the right to equal employment and the right to health.

The lecture is sponsored by the UA Geography Program, UAF School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences and the World Affairs Council. Call 907-474-7494 for more information.

CONTACT: Nancy Tarnai, UAF School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences public information officer, at 907-474-5042 or fnnjt@uaf.edu.

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