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  • Distinguished Speakers 2008-2015

    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.

    hussein ibish

    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