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Nobel Peace Prize laureate is Father Carter Lecture Series speaker

Loyola press release - September 15, 2007

(New Orleans)— Loyola University New Orleans will welcome Jody Williams, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize winner, as the speaker for the fall Father Carter Lecture Series, in association with Parents Weekend, Saturday, September 29, at 7 p.m., in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall. This event is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Williams is a tireless crusader against war and the lingering effects that armed conflicts have wrought around the world. She is the founding coordinator and campaign ambassador of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), a network of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from around the world working for a global ban on landmines. A driving force in building an unprecedented open partnership between governments, international agencies, and the ICBL that she helped create, she was rewarded for her efforts in 1997 when a sweeping international treaty banning antipersonnel landmines was negotiated in Oslo, Norway. In December 1997, 122 nations signed the treaty. One week after that historic event, Jody Williams became the 10th woman (and the third American woman) in history to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

Williams, who was named by Forbes as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World in 2004, continues to crusade for human rights around the globe. The ICBL has grown to more than 1,300 NGOs in more than 85 countries. She currently serves as its campaign ambassador.

Williams discusses how individuals can change the course of society and make a difference in the world. Her topics are both inspiring and informative, as she speaks extensively on human rights and discusses the importance of both human and national security in the world today.

Williams has spoken to various groups, including the United Nations, the European Parliament, and the Organization of African Unity. She is the co-author of a seminal study detailing the social-economic consequences of landmine contaminations, based on two years of field research in four mine-affected countries, and she has also written articles for journals produced by the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The Father Carter Lecture Series is a semi-annual event held with various speakers. This lecture series honors Loyola’s longest-tenured president, the Rev. James C. Carter, S.J., who now serves as the President Emeritus. The series seeks to feature a speaker of national prominence whose humanity and character have enabled him or her to promote social justice in his or her life and work. For additional information regarding this event, please contact Hollie Chessman at (504) 865-3276.