“Everybody Matters: Climate Change & Human Rights with Mary Robinson”

    March 12, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    UA Centennial hall
    The University of Arizona
    1600 East University Boulevard, Tucson, AZ 85719


    The Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice Presents an Evening with Mary Robinson.

    Former president of Ireland Mary Robinson will present the talk, “Everybody Matters: Climate Change and Human Rights,” on Thursday, March 12, at 6 pm in Centennial Hall on the University of Arizona campus.

    Robinson, who served as the first woman president of Ireland from 1990 to 1997 and U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 to 2002, will discuss the importance of including the most vulnerable populations of the world in solutions to climate change.

    In 2005 Robinson was named a “Hero and Icon” as one of Time magazine’s top 100 men and women whose “power, talent, or moral example is transforming the world.” As a U.N. special envoy on climate change and president of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, she works to seek justice for those particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change – especially the poor and marginalized – and to improve the record on human rights and environmental governance around the world.

    This event is being held in conjunction with the Tucson Festival of Books, www.tucsonfestivalofbooks.org.

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


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