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April 24, 2003
President of International Center for Transitional Justice to Address Friends World Class of 2003

Patricia Conway
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Dr. Alex Boraine, the founding president of the International Center for Transitional Justice, will address Friends World Program graduates at their annual Student Recognition/Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 17, 2003, in the Southampton College Athletic Center. The commencement lecture, scheduled to begin at 4:45 p.m., is open to the public.

As Friends World expands its program in Peace and Reconciliation from its base in London to new locations in Costa Rica, South India and China, Boraine's presence and address at this year's commencement is a welcome occurrence. "Dr. Boraine's work has been the inspiration for the program and I am delighted that he will be at graduation to help us mark this occasion," said Robert Glass, Dean of the Friends World program.

Boraine founded the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) with the intent to help societies emerging from repressive rule to pursue accountability for human- rights abuse. The organization assists in transitional justice by developing strategies to help prosecute perpetrators, reform abusive institutions, provide reparations to victims and advance efforts to restore peace.

Educated at Rhodes University, Oxford University and Drew University, Boraine was ordained as a Methodist minister and served as the President of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa from 1970 to 1972 before becoming a member of the South African Parliament for 12 years. From 1986 to 1998, he headed two South African non-profit organizations concerned with ending apartheid and addressing the legacy it left behind. For the following three years, he served as a professor of Law at New York University and as Director of the NYU Law School's Justice in Transition program where he currently serves as an adjunct professor. In 1995 he was appointed by Nelson Mandela to be deputy chairperson of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, serving under chairman Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He held this post until 1998.

Dr. Boraine has been published widely in newspapers, magazines and books. His most recent book, "A Country Unmasked," was published in 2000. He is the recipient of many awards including the 1976 Harvard Peace Prize, honorary doctorate degrees from Drew University, Lafayette College and Rhodes University, fellowships from Mansfield College at Oxford University and the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and the 2000 Italian President's Medal for Human Rights. For the past 20 years he has delivered public lectures at all the major universities in South Africa as well as Oxford, Harvard, Yale, Columbia and the University of Texas Law School.

The Friends World program, founded by the Quakers in 1965, is based at Southampton College of Long Island University and has centers in China, Costa Rica, England, India and Japan. Students in the program develop skills and competencies in a major academic field by combining research, hands-on experience and analytical writing under the guidance of the faculty. The program also requires classroom study, immersion language training and independent fieldwork in at least two foreign cultures. This year, 50 students will earn their Bachelor of Arts degrees.