Kofi Annan to Speak at City College Friday, February 8

Kofi Annan will deliver a lecture at CCNY on February 8 at 10 a.m. Photo: Creative Commons/Alberto CabelloOn Friday, February 8, Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General, will deliver a special guest lecture at City College. His appearance, sponsored by the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service, marks the publication of his collected papers, a joint six-year CCNY-Yale project, led by principle investigator Jean Krasno. Professor Krasno is the Center’s initiative director for multilateral diplomacy and international organizations. Annan, a Nobel Laureate, will address the challenges of his decade of leadership and the future of the UN. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 10 a.m. in the Great Hall of Shepard Hall on the City College campus. (Doors open at 9:30.) Registration is requested (see below to register), and a reception will follow the event.

Lessons from a Pivotal Leader The Ghanaian diplomat led the UN at the end of the Cold War (1997-2006), a period during which he established new expanded norms for the international community in terms of their role and responsibilities. A pivotal leader, Annan focused the world's attention on the global HIV/AIDs pandemic, confronted human-rights issues in Africa, and served as a tireless peacemaker in critical conflicts, most recently as the joint special envoy to the Syrian crisis.

The Annan Collection, a five-volume set from Lynne Rienner Publishers, contributes an organized historical record of selected public and declassified papers of the former UN secretary-general, and makes the breadth and depth of his work accessible to scholars, students, and policymakers, Krasno notes. "The papers demonstrate Kofi Annan's unique ability to negotiate settlements and to find peaceful solutions in conflict situations," she adds, noting, for example, "They lead us to understand why he was selected as joint special envoy to Syria."

Kofi Annan: Insights into a Challenging Decade and the Future of the UN RSVP here now, or by email: cpowellctr@ccny.cuny.edu

  • DATE: Friday, February 8, 2013
  • TIME: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • PLACE: The Great Hall, Shepard Hall, CCNY campus
  • WHO: Free and Open to the Public; reception following.

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