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Mary Robinson to Speak April 1

Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series Ends April 1 at UC Riverside

Mary Robinson, the first woman President of Ireland, is the final speaker

(March 28, 2005)

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — Mary Robinson, the first woman President of Ireland and a champion of the oppressed, will be the final speaker in the 2005 Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series at the University of California, Riverside. Her speech, “Human Rights and Ethical Globalization,” will be 6 p.m. Friday, April 1 at University Extension, 1200 University Ave., Riverside.

The popular Irish leader later served as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and currently chairs the Council of Women World Leaders.

The lecture will be open to the public free of charge, and will be followed by a faculty panel discussion featuring Christopher Chase-Dunn, distinguished professor of sociology and the director of the Institute for Research on World Systems; Anne Sutherland, professor of anthropology; and Bronwyn Anne Leebaw, assistant professor of political science.

Due to the popularity of previous events, reservations are requested through Allison Tavaglione, (951) 827-3144 or

Previous speakers during the series were poet Robert Pinsky and Anthony Leggett, Nobel Laureate in physics.

Sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, the distinguished lecture series is intended to become an annual event featuring personalities from the letters, the sciences, the arts and other sectors of society. It was conceived to stimulate the region’s intellectual community, to inspire students to think beyond the lecture hall and lab, and to involve members of the community in the academic life of the UCR campus. The theme this year is, “Imagining the Future.”

“We are fortunate to attract three such remarkable individuals to UCR,” said Chancellor France A. Córdova. “Our goal is for the community at large to join our faculty, students, and staff in this opportunity to gain new insights into the worlds of poetry, physics, and politics through the eyes of these world-renowned experts.”

In addition to formal public presentations, each visit by a distinguished lecturer will include associated events, such as seminars with undergraduate and graduate students and visits with faculty.

Mary Robinson, the first woman President of Ireland and more recently United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, has spent most of her life as a human rights advocate. An attorney and law professor at Trinity College, Dublin, she currently chairs the Council of Women World Leaders and is a member of the Global Commission on International Migration. As Ireland’s President between 1990 and 1997, she earned a 93 percent approval rating from the Irish people for her integrity and compassion towards people who needed help, and for her ability to treat people on all sides of an issue with respect. Now based in New York, Robinson is leading the Ethical Globalization Initiative, affiliated with Columbia University. She has won many awards, and holds honorary doctorates from over 40 universities around the world.

Robert Pinsky served as the 39th Poet Laureate of the United States, completing a three-year term in April, 2000. He currently teaches at Boston University and is poetry editor of the online journal Slate. Pinsky’s most recent collection of poetry, Jersey Rain, was published in April 2000. An earlier work, The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems 1966-1996, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry and received the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and the Ambassador Book Award of the English Speaking Union. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his wife, Dr. Ellen Pinsky.

Anthony J. Leggett received the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physics for his pioneering work on superfluidity. He is currently the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair and Center for Advanced Study Professor of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been on the faculty in Illinois since 1983. He is widely recognized as a world leader in the theory of low-temperature physics. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, among many other honors.


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