Friday, January 03, 2003

Mary Robinson in Delaware

On January 20th, the City of Wilmington will play host to President Mary Robinson, who is this year's guest speaker at the Primo Lecture Series. Her presentation, entitled Today's Challenges in Achieving Human Rights, will begin at 7:00 pm at The Playhouse Theatre of The Hotel du Pont.

President Robinson won the 2002 Sydney Peace Prize in early November. The Guardian UK named her as one of their Women of the Year in 2002. She left her position as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in September. (An April interview with a reporter from the Village Voice focuses upon her decision to leave the UN.)

The former High Commissioner moved to the United Nations after serving seven distinquished years as the President of Ireland. She was named the laureate of the 2000 Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize, and awarded the 1999 J. William Fulbright Prize.

In November, Oxfam International named her their Honorary President around the same time that she was being awarded the Sydney Prize.

The Primo Lecture Series is named for The Right Reverend Quintin E. Primo, Jr., and its focus is to "uproot racial discrimination and injustice, and to promote racial reconciliation at all levels of society."

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