Nobel Peace Laureate is A.R. Sánchez Distinguished Lecturer at TAMIU Monday

Texas A&M International University's College of Arts and Humanities invites the community to attend the first of four installations of the A.R. Sánchez Sr. Distinguished Lecture Series 2002-2003 featuring Nobel Peace Laureate Betty Williams Monday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.

The lecture is free of charge and the public is invited.

Williams, a Northern Irish peace activist, witnessed the tragic death of three children in 1976 when an Irish Republican Army terrorist car went out of control after being fired on by British troops.

Afterwards, she and Mairead Maguire, the aunt of the slain children, created the Peace People Organization, a movement of Catholics and Protestants dedicated to ending sectarian fighting in Northern Ireland. For their work, they were awarded the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize.

Williams, founder and president of World Centers of Compassion for Children

International, will provide her lecture titled, "Creating a Safe World for Our Children."

Williams serves on the Council of Honor for the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica and is a Patron for the International Peace Foundation in Vienna. She is also Chair of The Institute for Asian Democracy in Washington, D.C.

For her successes, she has been honored with the People's Peace Prize of Norway, the Schweitzer Medallion for Courage, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award, the Eleanor Roosevelt Award and the Frank Foundation Child Care International Oliver Award.

The second speaker in the series will be Dr. Marion Oettinger Jr., senior curator and curator of Latin American Art for the San Antonio Museum of Art. His lecture, scheduled for Monday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m., at the Student Center Ballroom, is titled, "Virgins, Saints, and Sinners: Spanish Roots of Latin American Folk Art."

For further information, please contact the College of Arts and Humanities at 326-2460 or visit offices located in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, room 429. University office hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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