The first female President of Ireland (1990-1997) and more recently, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002), Mary Robinson has spent most of her life as a human rights activist. As an academic, legislator, and barrister, she has always sought to use law as an instrument for social change. Now based in New York, Robinson is currently leading a new project, the Ethical Globalization Initiative, whose goal is to bring the standards of human rights into the globalization process and to support capacity building in good governance in developing countries, with an initial focus on Africa.
A cooperative project of the Cooper Foundation and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues began in 1988 as part of a mission to promote better understanding of world events and issues by Nebraskans. The Forum seeks out forceful speakers who are committed to the issues they address, seeking balance over the range of its programs rather than in each presentation. The Forum does not endorse the views of the individual speakers nor limit their freedom to express their points of view.