Free Author’s Talk by Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland

Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson

Human rights activist and former president of Ireland Mary Robinson will discuss her new memoir, Everybody Matters, at The Cooper Union. Robinson has spent her life in pursuit of a fairer world, becoming a powerful and influential voice for human rights around the globe.  Born in 1944 into a deeply Catholic family, she was poised to become a nun before finding her own true voice.  Ever since, she has challenged convention in pursuit of fairness—whether in the Church, in government and politics, or in her own family.  Everybody Matters will inspire all who read it with the belief that each of us can, in our own way, help change the world for the better.

Mary Robinson served as the seventh, and first female, president of Ireland from 1990-1997, and as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002. Robinson has been honorary president of Oxfam International since 2002, and has chaired numerous bodies, including the GAVI Alliance, vaccinating children worldwide, and the Council of Women World Leaders (of which she was a cofounder). She is a member of the Elders, an independent group of global leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela. A member of the American Philosophical Society, she is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Indira Gandhi and Sydney Peace Prizes. She is president of the Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice, and lives with her husband, Nick Robinson, in Dublin and Mayo.

The event is free with seating on a first-come-first-served basis.
 

Located in The Great Hall, in the Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.