Mary Robinson's Distinguished Speaker event to be streamed live March 13

March 05, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Mary Robinson, Ireland’s first female president and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, will discuss “The Future of Ethical Leadership in a Global Society” at 8 p.m. March 13, in Eisenhower Auditorium as part of Penn State’s Distinguished Speaker Series.

This event will also be available to Penn State students at all campuses, as well as faculty and staff with Penn State Access Account IDs, via live stream through Penn State World Campus, in cooperation with WPSU/Penn State Public Media. Participants will be able to watch the live stream by registering and logging in on the day of the event at

The Mary Robinson Distinguished Speaker event is organized by the Penn State Student Programming Association, the Schreyer Honors College, Presidential Leadership Academy and University Park Allocations Committee.

Robinson was elected to a seven-year term as president of Ireland in 1990. She stepped down in September 1997, three months before the end of her term, to serve with the United Nations. Robinson is the former president of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Global Initiative and has spent most of her life as a human rights advocate. She was honored for her advocacy with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2009. Robinson is now chairwoman of the Council of Women World Leaders and president of the Mary Robinson Foundation — Climate Justice, a center for leadership, education and advocacy on the struggle for global justice. Robinson’s memoir, "Everybody Matters: My Life Giving Voice," has just been released in the United States.

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