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Dr. Oscar Arias, 1987 Nobel Peace Laureate and President of Costa Rica from 1986-1990 and 2006-2010.

Peace over profit: Nobel Peace Laureate explains the keys to peace

September 25, 2016 — 

The Mauro Centre and St. Paul’s College are honoured to host the 2016 Sol Kanee Lecture on Peace and Justice, with guest speaker Dr. Oscar Arias, 1987 Nobel Peace Laureate and President of Costa Rica from 1986-1990 and 2006-2010.

His lecture is titled: Seeking the Hero of Heroes: Human Development as the Key to Peace

With violence dominating our headlines and growing xenophobia fueling new populist movements, it is easy to lose confidence in humanity’s ability to achieve progress – but the choice between violence and nonviolence is ours to make. The unprecedented resources of the international community are sufficient to address the poverty that sparks the flames of violence, if we prioritize peace over profits.

Oscar Arias, two-time President of Costa Rica and 1987 Nobel Peace Laureate, holds international stature as a spokesperson for the developing world. Championing such issues as human development, democracy, and demilitarization, he has travelled the globe spreading a message of peace and applying the lessons garnered from the Central American Peace Process to topics of current global debate.

The New York Times reported that Oscar Arias’ “…positions on Central American issues have become the standards by which many people in Congress and elsewhere have come to judge United States policy.” In a similar way, he has come to take a leading position in international discourse.

After leaving office in 2010, Dr. Arias has dedicated his time to the Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress.

The lecture series is named in honour of a prominent Canadian, Sol Kanee (1909-2007), who was devoted to the cause of peace and justice. Kanee had an unparalleled record of service to Winnipeg, and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1977.

Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Location: MPR, 2nd Floor, University Centre, Fort Garry campus, University of Manitoba

This event is free and open to all.

Sponsored by the Richardson Foundation, and partners Rotary International (Zones 24  32) and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Mauro Centre presents the Annual Sol Kanee Lecture Series featuring distinguished leaders in the field of peace and justice.

More information is available here.



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