Gerber Lecture Series
The Gerber Lecture Series began in 2001 with a generous endowment from David and Laraine Gerber.
Since 2001, SIS has brought international leaders to the Pacific campus.
Past speakers include: President Kagame of Rwanda, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mary Robinson, the former President of Ireland and Director of UNHCR, Sir Ketumile Masire, Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Dr. Gro Brundtland, Cesar Gaviria, and former President of Mexico Vicente Fox.
David & Laraine Gerber
2013 Gerber Lecture Series Speaker: Nicholas D. Kristof
2013 Gerber Lecture, February 25 - 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Fay Spanos Concert Hall
Topic: "What Do Americans Need to Know About the World and How do We Make Sure that They Do?"
Kristof, a two-time winner of the top prize in journalism, is a columnist for The New York Times. A "reporter's reporter," his human rights advocacy and efforts give a voice to the voiceless.
Kristof and his wife Sheryl WuDunn won the Pulitzer Prize in journalism in 1990 for their coverage of China's Tiananmen Square democracy movement. Kristof won his second Pulitzer in 2006 for his coverage of the genocide in Darfur. The prize judges described his covered as "graphic, deeply reported columns that, at personal risk, focused attention on genocide in Darfur and gave voice to the voiceless in other parts of the world."
Kristof has also been awarded the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Anne Frank Award, and the Fred Cuny Award for Prevention of Armed Conflict.
2011 Gerber Lecture, May 6
Vicente Fox, President of Mexico from 2000-2006
"The Pacific Age: The Global Role of the Americas in the 21st Century"
Introductions by Hunter Tanous ('11) and University of the Pacific's President, Pamela A. Eibeck
Past Gerber Lecturers: Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mary Robinson, first female President of Ireland, Sir Ketumile Masire, former President of Botswana, Dr. Shirin Ebadi, the Nobel Laureate and lawyer from Iran, Dr. Gro Bruntland, the first female Prime Minister of Norway and Cesar Gaviria, the former President of Colombia.
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Shirin Ebadi, 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Winner spoke at Pacific's Faye Spanos Concert Hall on May 3, 2007.
Ebadi was the honored speaker for the 2007 Spring Gerber Lecture Series. Her talk entitled, "Iran Awakening: A Story of Revolution and Hope" was based upon her recent book.