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Mary Robinson kicks off Community Art and Culture Series

Mary Robinson, the first female president of Ireland and former U.N. high commissioner for human rights, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Allentown, as part of the Penn State Lehigh Valley Community Art and Culture Series.

Currently, Robinson is the president of The Ethical Globalization Initiative, chair of the Council of Women World Leaders and a member of the Global Commission on International Migration.

As an academic, legislator and barrister, she has sought to use law as an instrument for social change, arguing landmark cases before the European Court of Human Rights as well as in the Irish courts and the European Court in Luxembourg. In 1988, she and her husband, Nicholas Robinson, founded the Irish Centre for European Law at the University of Dublin, and since 1998 she has been chancellor of the university.

Robinson was educated at the University of Dublin (Trinity College), King's Inns Dublin and Harvard Law School.

Tickets for this event are $25 for general admission and $10 for students with valid ID required. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.lvartsboxoffice.org/ online. For more information or to become a sponsor, call the Office of Development at 610-285-5039.

Major sponsors for the event are The Morning Call, WDIY, Citiprint, and Air Products and Chemicals Inc.

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