Distinguished Speakers Series: Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson

Dr. Mary Robinson — Ireland's first female president and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights — spoke at Penn State's Eisenhower Auditorium on Wednesday, March 13.  Dr. Robinson's speech focused on ethical leadership in a global society.

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About Mary Robinson

Former President of Ireland Mary RobinsonMary Robinson, the first female President of Ireland, founder and former president of "Realizing Rights: The Ethical Global Initiative," and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, has spent most of her life as a human rights advocate.

A world leader who puts her humanity very much at the forefront of her politics, in 2009 she was awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom—the highest civilian honor—by President Barack Obama, in recognition of her significant contributions to the nation and the world. She now chairs the Council of Women World Leaders and is President of the Mary Robinson Foundation — Climate Justice, a center for thought leadership, education, and advocacy on the struggle for global justice.

President Robinson has been named a “Hero and Icon” as one of TIME magazine’s 2005 top 100 men and women whose “power, talent, or moral example is transforming the world.” In 2006, President Robinson received Spain’s prestigious Prince of Asturias Award in Social Sciences prize for her work as a global human rights campaigner, singled out for her “moral strength,” her defense of “ethics in the field of politics and academic research,” and her “tireless efforts to bring about a world without borders.”

Her memoir, Everybody Matters, which will be released on March 5, chronicles her career—starting as a young lawyer in Ireland crusading for the rights of women, and encompassing her remarkable experiences ever since.

Robinson’s appearance is part of the Distinguished Speaker Series held by the Student Programming Association. This live online broadcast is being brought to you through a partnership with the Student Programming Association, Presidential Leadership Academy, University Park Allocations Committee, Schreyer Honors College, and World Campus. Live stream is brought to you in cooperation with WPSU.

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