Former president of Ireland headlines E/RS lecture, town hall meeting

Mary Robinson's visit to focus on human rights and the impact of globalization | February 20, 2004

The former president of Ireland and ex-United Nations high commissioner for human rights shares her global insights in back-to-back events next week at the Schiff Family Conference Center.

On Sunday, April 18, Mary Robinson speaks on "Human Rights and Ethical Globalization" as part of the annual Ethics, Religion and Society Lecture Series. On Monday, April 19, she joins three other panelists—Jocelyn Dow, global NGO leader; Deborah Henretta, president, global baby care, for The Procter & Gamble Co.; and Patricia Mische, Lloyd Professor of Peace Studies and World Law at Antioch College—to discuss "The Impact of Globalization on Women" at the 2004 Town Hall Meeting. Both events start at 7:00 p.m.

Robinson currently leads the Ethical Globalization Initiative, an organization that brings together key stakeholders to form new alliances aimed at integrating concepts of human rights, gender sensitivity and enhanced accountability into efforts to address global challenges and governance shortcomings. She served as president of Ireland from 1990-1997, focusing much of her energy on building partnerships between developed and developing countries. She moved to the United Nations post in 1997 and in 1998 became the first high commissioner to visit China. Before leaving the United Nations in 2002, she had deployed human rights workers into European and African countries as well as Indonesia, and had improved human rights monitoring around the world.

A graduate of Trinity College in Dublin, Robinson holds law degrees from King’s Inns in Dublin and Harvard University. She began practicing law in 1967 and was elected to the Irish Senate in 1970, a role she continued until her election to the presidency. Robinson has received numerous honors and awards for her work, including the Dag Hammarskjold Medal, the International Geographical Union Medal and the C.A.R.E. Humanitarian Award.

The annual town hall meeting is a collaborative effort between the World Affairs Council of Greater Cincinnati, the AFL-CIO, the Southern Ohio District Export Council, and the University’s center for business ethics, the ethics/religion and society program, the community building collaborative, the community building institute, gender and diversity studies, and the Edward B. Brueggeman center for dialogue, with support from the Cinergy Foundation and The Procter & Gamble Co.