Garden City, NY, September 01, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Adelphi University is pleased to welcome Pierre Schori, a longtime Swedish diplomat, author, and currently director general of FRIDE, who will speak on Women and War: Victim or peacemakers?. Self-described as “a European think tank for global action,” FRIDE stands for Fundacion para las Relaciones Internationales y el Dialogo Exterior. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 16, 2009, at 12:00 p.m. in Adelphi’s Thomas Dixon Lovely Ballroom in the Ruth S. Harley University Center, 1 South Avenue, Garden City, NY. The lecture is sponsored by Adelphi’s International Initiatives Committee (IIC), and is free and open to the public.
Schori has vast experience in foreign affairs, development cooperation, and peacekeeping operations. Prior to his current post, he was a special representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (2005 until early 2007) and Head of Mission in Côte d'Ivoire, distinguished visiting professor at Adelphi University (2004–2005), and Swedish Ambassador to the United Nations (2000–2004), among others. Schori has been active in the Social Democratic party and has held several political leadership positions, including as a member of the Swedish Parliament and European Parliament. He is also chairperson of the Olof Palme Memorial Fund and of Swedish ECPAT (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes).
He is also a prolific author, whose recent book, The years of the Dragon´s Teeth - September 11, the Iraq War and the World after Bush (2008), presents the ins and outs of the diplomatic struggles in the U.N. during the Iraq crisis under the George W. Bush administration.
The International Initiatives Committee is a campus-wide group of faculty, administrators, and students charged with infusing courses and campus events with internationalized content. The IIC allows the University to offer dynamic programs such as its acclaimed Ambassador Series in intimate settings so students, faculty, and the public have the opportunity to hear first-hand, global perspectives on issues of international concern.
For more information about this and other events on campus, please visit www.adelphi.edu, or call the Cultural Events Hotline at (516) 877-4555.
About Adelphi University: Adelphi University, chartered in 1896, was the first institution of higher education for the liberal arts and sciences on Long Island. Through its schools and programs—The College of Arts and Sciences, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Honors College, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, University College, and the Schools of Business, Nursing, and Social Work—the co-educational university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as professional and educational programs for adults. Adelphi University currently enrolls nearly 8,500 students from 41 states and 63 foreign countries. With its main campus in Garden City and centers in Manhattan, Hauppauge, and Poughkeepsie, the University maintains a commitment to liberal studies in tandem with rigorous professional preparation and active citizenship.