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Global Visionary Lecture

Ramu Damodaran
Former Chief, United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI)

From War to Peace and Human Dignity: The United Nations and a Transformative Global Order

Thursday, March 31
4:30 – 6 p.m.

Julian Abele Room, The Great Hall
Online via Zoom (In-person attendance has reached capacity)
Ramu Damodaran

Ramu Damodaran

Created from the ashes of the Second World War, the United Nations (UN) symbolizes the inherent commitment of nation-states to international law, cooperation, and peaceful coexistence. In its 75 years of existence, the UN has numerous peacekeeping operations and multilateral treaties, which seek to maintain peace and provide human security and dignity. The UN has thereby fashioned a new dynamic of international law rooted not only in agreements between States but in the “dignity and worth of the human person.” Recognition of global diversity, climate justice, sustainable development, and assertion of conscience and reason in incidents of conflict, such as the war in Ukraine, are among the instances of this dynamic.With his long association with the United Nations, much of it as Chief of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), Ramu Damodaran, with his international reputation as a dynamic and prolific speaker, offers a first-hand account of the role of the UN in this transformative world order and the place of higher education in shaping its future. His talk will address how the United Nations can offer hope in a post-COVID world in search of global wellness, sustainable development, and lasting peace.

There is no cost for this event but registration is required.

Co-sponsored by the Freed Endowed Chair in Social Sciences

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