The Global Refugee Crisis to be Discussed at Sept. 27 Hoban Lecture at Scranton

September 20, 2016

 

The Honorable T. Linus Hoban Memorial Lecture by the Right Honorable David Miliband will be held Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 6:30 p.m. on the topic “The Global Refugee Crisis: Time for New Thinking.” Planning the lecture, organized by The University of Scranton and Lackawanna Bar Association, are, front row from left: Matthew P. Barrett, Esq., past president of the Lackawanna Bar Association; Mary Theresa Gardier Paterson, Esq., president of the Lackawanna Bar Association; Sondra Myers, director of the University’s Schemel Forum; and Julie Schumacher Cohen, director of community and government relations at the University. Back row: Lee Ann Munley, executive director of the Lackawanna Bar Association; Frank J. McDonnell, Esq., Lackawanna Bar Association Hoban committee; Robert Farrell, Esq., general counsel at the University and Lackawanna Bar Association Hoban committee; and Matthew Meyer, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy and pre-law advisor at the University.

The topic for the 2016 Honorable T. Linus Hoban Memorial Lecture will be “The Global Refugee Crisis: Time for New Thinking,” presented by David Miliband, former United Kingdom foreign secretary. The lecture, presented by The University of Scranton and the Lackawanna Bar Association, will be held Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the McIlhenny Ballroom of the DeNaples Center on campus. The public is invited to attend the lecture free of charge.

Miliband is currently the president and chief executive of International Rescue Committee (IRC), the New York-based non-profit humanitarian organization that benefits people in 40 countries whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster. The IRC provides healthcare, learning and economic support, with many special programs designed for women and children. The organization resettles 13,000 refugees in 29 U.S. cities annually.

Since its inception in 1978, the Hoban Lecture has hosted prominent world figures including U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist; Hans Blix, Ph.D., former chairman of the International Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction; Alexander M. Haig Jr., former U.S. Secretary of State and supreme allied commander of NATO; Helmut Schmidt, former chancellor of West Germany; Edward Heath, former prime minister of the United Kingdom; the late Yitzak Rabin, former prime minister of Israel; and Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief international correspondent, and her husband James Rubin, President Clinton’s assistant secretary of state for public affairs. The most recent Hoban Lecture, held in 2015, featured George J. Mitchell, U.S. Senator, Senate majority leader, and renowned negotiator and fact-finder.

For additional information about the Hoban Lecture, call 570-941-4419.

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