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Bagpipers and the singing of local schoolchildren will herald the appearance of Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland, when she delivers the Waldo Family Lecture on International Relations Tuesday, Oct. 10 at Old Dominion University.

Her talk, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in Webb University Center. Tidewater Pipes and Drums and students from St. Patrick Catholic School will welcome the distinguished world leader with traditional Irish music and song.

Robinson will speak on the topic "Human Rights in the Contemporary World." An outspoken world leader, she was Ireland's first female president, serving from 1990-97. She resigned the presidency four months before the end of her term of office to take up the post of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 to 2002.

Robinson is the founder and executive director of the pro-human rights Organization Ethical Globalization Initiative, housed in Columbia's Earth Institute. She serves as an adviser to the institute, teaching in the international and public affairs department, and is a senior research scholar at Columbia Law School's Human Rights Institute.

The Waldo Family Lecture Series on International Relations honors the memory of Loren Pierce Waldo Jr., William Joseph Waldo, Robert Hendren
Waldo, Susan Waldo O'Hara, Julia Ann Waldo Campbell and Harry Creekmur Waldo.

Established in 1985, the series was modeled after the Weil Family Lecture on American Citizenship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Personal ties to Old Dominion University and to the Hampton Roads community led the Waldo family to select ODU as the home of their lecture series. Because of the area's significant military presence and international port, the family chose international relations as the lecture series' theme.

Over the years, renowned speakers in the fields of government, foreign affairs, journalism, education and public service have visited the campus and met with students and faculty. The evening lectures are free and open to the public. Support for the lecture series comes from the Waldo family, friends, and the business community.

For more information call the Office of University Events at 683-5759.

This article was posted on: September 7, 2006

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