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First Female President of Ireland to Visit Utah State University

Thursday, Oct. 04, 2012

Mary Robinson is a guest speaker at Utah State University

A lecture and book signing by former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson, is Wednesday, Oct. 10, at USU.

Utah State University’s Center for Women and Gender and the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost will present a lecture and book signing by former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson.

Robinson’s presentation, Reflections on Peace and Social Justice, will be held in the Eccles Conference Center auditorium on the campus of Utah State University, Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 4 p.m. The lecture will be followed by a book signing in the Eccles Conference Center foyer. 

Robinson’s book, A Voice for Human Rights, can be purchased at the presentation or earlier at the USU Campus Store.

“The Center for Women and Gender is dedicated to exploring the social intersections that shape our lives,” said Ann Austin, professor and director of the Center for Women and Gender. “President Robinson will give us a chance to consider some of the global intersections challenging our global village.”

As the first woman president of Ireland, Robinson elevated the country to a new level of international status by fighting for controversial changes and bridging religious, social and economic groups. Robinson’s campaign for worldwide democracy continues today with her work as president of the Mary Robinson Foundation — Climate Justice, a center for thought leadership, education and advocacy on the struggle for global justice. With the belief that there is a seat at the table for businesses when it comes to solving human rights, justice and environmental issues, Robinson is also a member of the Club of Madrid.

A courageous defender of fundamental respect for human life, Robinson was the first woman to chair the United Nations Commission for Human Rights and is the founder of the Ethical Globalization Initiative. She advocates for the integration of human rights, gender sensitivity and enhanced accountability in politics. She is also on the Council of Elders (along with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, President Jimmy Carter, and Gro Harlem Brundtland), the honorary president of Oxfam International and Chair of the Board of the Institute of Human Rights and Business. She is currently working on writing her memoir, Everybody Matters, which will chronicle her remarkable career, beginning with her work as a young lawyer in Ireland crusading for the rights of women.

In 2005, Robinson was listed as one of Time’s Top 100 Men and Women whose “power, talent, or moral example is transforming the world.” In 2009, President Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the highest civilian honor — for her significant global contributions.

Working to leave the world in better condition than how she found it, President Robinson continues to lead by example, acting as a bold, determined catalyst for change.

“We are thrilled to host President Robinson at Utah State University,” said USU Vice Provost Janis Boettinger. “We encourage all members of the USU and Cache Valley communities to experience the talents and grace of this remarkable individual.”

For more information, contact Melissa Keller 435-797-9222, or

Related link:

USU Center for Women and Gender

USU Provost’s Office

Contact: Melissa Keller, Center for Women & Gender, (435) 797-9222,

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