2011 Distinguished Speaker
the 10th Annual Global Understanding Keynote Lecture
The 2011 Jack and Lewis Rudin Distinguished Speakers
Hard Times, Human Rights, and
Our Common Future
With Mary Robinson, Former United Nations
High Commissioner of Human Rights
Credit: UN Photo
Ireland's first female President (1990-1997) and former UN High Commissioner of Human Rights (1997-2002), Mary Robinson will deliver the Keynote Lecture for the 10th Annual Global Understanding Convention held at Monmouth University. Robinson has been recognized for her work as President of The Ethical Globalization Initiative with a 2009 United States Presidential Medal of Freedom and now resides in her native Ireland where she leads the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice (MRFCJ), which works to secure justice for victims of climate change. President Robinson will be bringing her considerable knowledge and experience to Monmouth as she speaks about the effects of the global recession on countries around the world, the state of human rights, and poor and disempowered who are often marginalized during difficult economic times. Click here to read Mary Robinson's full biography.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., please be seated by 6 p.m.
The lecture is Free and Open to the Public, but RSVP is requested.
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- First woman President of Ireland (1990-1997)
- The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002)
- Recipient of the 2009 United States Presidential Medal of Freedom for her significant contributions to the nation and world
- Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders (2003-2009)
- Founder and President of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative, “committed to convening key stakeholders in new alliances to integrate concepts of human rights, gender equality and enhanced accountability into efforts to address global challenges and governance shortcomings” (http://www.realizingrights.org)
- Named a “Hero and Icon” as one of Time magazine’s 2005 top 100 men and women whose “power, talent or moral example is transforming the world”
- Member of The Elders, “an independent group of world leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity” (http://www.theelders.org/)
- Co-founder with her husband, Nicholas Robinson, of the Irish Centre for European Law at the University of Dublin (1988)
- Chancellor, University of Dublin (1998-present)