Thursday, April 12, 2012

2nd Annual Spring Lecture Series Presents George A. Lopez

Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, the Division of International Programs, and the University Honors Program proudly sponsored their 2nd Annual Spring Lecture Series by bringing George A. Lopez, the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Professor of Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame to NIU to speak about "Liberating Libya, Strangling Syria: Intervening for Human Rights and Protection"  on Thursday, March 29, 2012.

Dr. Lopez visted our campus to discuss the current situation in Syria as it relates to the international issues of state sovereignty and the what role global institutions are expected to play if, as some analysts and diplomats believe, the era of state sovereignty is coming to an end. He was met by a large and captive audience for his lecture.  His experience in the realm of international relations and diplomacy was evident to all in attendance as he discussed difficult issues such as the international rights and responsibilities to protect innocent people in times of violent conflict while still respecting the values of national sovereignty. In these situations, Dr. Lopez said “cheats, scoundrels and genociders often win,” but it is the goal of international bodies to ensure that there are consequences to their actions.

Pictured:  Deborah Pierce, Associate Provost, International Programs and Chapter Coordinator, Zeta Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Delta; Guest Lecturer, George A. Lopez; Christopher M. Jones, Director, University Honors Program and Past President, Zeta Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Delta; and J.D. Bowers, University Coordinator of Teacher Certification and President-Elect, Zeta Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Delta

Professor Lopez has been featured by numerous national news sources, such as CNN, the New York Times, and the Chicago Tribune. Here are some links to his previous appearances:
George A. Lopez on CNN (via Skype interview) on the crisis in Syria and sanctions.

George A. Lopez, quoted by UNBureau Chief Neil MacFarquar, in the NYT: Russia Stands in the Way of UN Call for Assad to Step Down

And quoted in Reuters: "Analysis: Oil report may offer Obama an out on Iran."

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