Untitled Document

News Archives - 2005

February 7, 2005

The 2005 Peace Prize Forum Convocation
" Finding Security in an Unsecure World"
10 a.m. Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson, former United Nations high commissioner for human rights, will speak at the Augsburg College Convocation Series: Justice For All, on Friday, Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. in Hoversten Chapel.

Mary Robinson is recognized as one of the most eloquent and courageous defenders of human rights. She heads the Ethical Globalization Initiative, which integrates human rights, gender sensitivity, and enhanced accountability in addressing global development. A former professor of law, she was elected to the Irish Senate and then to the presidency of Ireland, where she served two terms. Robinson’s election as president of Ireland symbolized the changes in what had been a traditionally conservative and religion-dominated country. She stretched the boundaries of the presidency to fit her concerns, one of the most prominent of which was human rights. She resigned the presidency in 1997 to become the United Nations high commissioner for human rights until 2002. She is currently lecturing at Columbia University and is honorary president of Oxfam International.

Robinson will also speak at a Peace Prize Forum Plenary Session on Friday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. in Si Melby Hall.