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Institute for Global Understanding

Distinguished Speakers

April 17, 2015

Sister Helen Prejean

Title: Anti-Death Penalty advocate, author, and Nobel Peace Prize nominee


Lecture:Dead Man Walking: The Journey Continues”

April 13, 2015

Hon. Vijay Nambiar

Title: United Nation’s Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Myanmar


Lecture: Practicing Non-Violence in a Violent World.

February 9, 2015

Dr. Alexander Yarym-Agayev

Professor of economics, businessman, and political activist.

Lecture Title: Russian Invasion of Ukraine: A Personal Perspective

November 18, 2014

Dr. Hussein Ibish

Senior Fellow on the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP), author and columnist.

Lecture Title: Back from the Brink: How the Middle East Can Save Itself

November 11, 2014

Mr. Philip Murphy

Former United States Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany


Lecture Title: German, Europe, and America: 25 Years after the Fall of the Wall

April 7, 2014

Dr. Azza Karam

Senior Advisor on Social and Cultural Development United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Azza karam

Lecture Title: Towards Global Equality: Education, Opportunity, Prosperity

April 9, 2013

Mr. Nikhil Seth

Director, UN Division for Sustainable Development

Lecture Title: From Rio to Rio+20: Sustainable development through multiple global causes

Part of the United Nations Academic Impact Lecture Series

December 13, 2011

Her Excellency Atifete Jahjaga

President of the Republic of Kosovo

Atifete Jahjaga

Lecture Title: Kosovo: A New State and a New Vision

Sponsored by: School of Social Work and the Institute for Global Understanding

November 16, 2011

Dr. Akosua Adomako Ampofo

Director, Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana

Dr. Ampofo is the 2011 recipient of the Sociologists for Women in Society’s Feminist Activist Award. Her areas of expertise include: Higher Education; Gender; Power, Socialization; Women in Popular Music; Sexualities; Constructions of Masculinities; and Race, Ethnicity and Identity Politics.

Akosua Adomako Ampofo

Lecture Title: Responding to Violence: Local Activism in a Global Context

Sponsored by the Department of Political Science & Sociology and the Institute for Global Understanding; Co-sponsored by the Sociology Club and Gender Studies Program

November 2, 2011

Under‐Secretary‐General Radhika Coomaraswamy

Special Representative of the Secretary‐General for Children and Armed Conflict

Radhika Coomaraswamy

Lecture Title: Human Rights: Impact of Armed Conflict on Children

Presented as the first in the United Nations Academic Impact Lecture Series

April 5, 2011

Mary Robinson

Ireland’s first female President (1990-1997) and former UN High Commissioner of Human Rights (1997-2002),

Mary Robinson
Credit: UN Photo

Lecture Title: Hard Times, Human Rights, and Our Common Future

Presented as part of the Jack and Lewis Rudin Distinguished Speakers Series

April 7, 2010

Nicholas D. Kristof

Pulitzer Prize Winner and Internationally Renowned Journalist for The New York Times


Lecture Title: Between Oppression and Opportunities: How Women Are Facing Change and Stability in Global Environment

Attendance: More than 650 students, employees, and community members

March 4, 2010

Dr. James Morgan

Founder, Lamp for Haiti

James Morgan

Lecture Title: Lamp for Haiti

Attendance: 100 students, employees, and community members


November 9, 2009

Ms. Asra Nomani

Author and Visiting Professor of Journalism, Founding Director of The Pearl Project, Georgetown University

Asra Nomani

Lecture Title: Who Killed Daniel Pearl? A Muslim Woman’s Journey Through International Violence

Attendance: More than 400 students, employees, and community members

October 19, 2009

Mr. Ramu Damodaran

UN-DPI Deputy Director for Partnerships and Public Engagement

Ramu Damodaran

Lecture Title: Ask What the UN Can Do for You & What You Can Do for the UN

Attendance: More than 400 students, employees, and community members

September 25, 2009

Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings

Former First Lady of the Republic of Ghana

Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings

Lecture Title: Mobilizing African Women for Economic Development

Attendance: 150 students, employees, and community members

April 9, 2009

Mr. David Sanger

Pulitzer Prize-winning Columnist, Chief Washington Correspondent for The New York Times

David Sanger

Lecture Title: The Inheritance: Transcending Our Differences, Transforming the World

Attendance: More than 400 students, employees, and community members

April 8, 2009

Dr. Svetlana Broz

Author, Founder of GARIWO, Medical Volunteer during the Bosnian War and Human Rights Activist, and Granddaughter of Former Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito

Svetlana Broz

Lecture Title: Good People in an Evil Time

Attendance: More than 400 students, employees, and community members

April 5, 2009

Mr. Francois Jung-Rozenfarb

Senior Advisor – Private Sector Engagement for CARE U.S.

Francois Jung Rozenfarb

Lecture Title: Engaging the Private Sector in the Fight to Eradicate World Hunger

Attendance: 200 people

November 10, 2008

Ambassador Dr. Zalmay Mamozy Khalilzad

Representative of the United States to the United Nations

Dr. Zalmy Mamozy Khalilzad

Lecture Title: Global Challenges Facing our New President

Attendance: More than 400 students, employees, and community members