Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States, is coming to Lafayette on Monday, April 22 to inaugurate the College’s Robert and Margaret Pastor Annual Lecture Series in International Affairs.
Winner of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize, Carter will speak at 4 p.m. about his work on behalf of human rights, democracy, and peace at the Carter Center, which he founded in 1982.
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The lecture series was established in honor of Robert Pastor ’69, a professor of international relations and director of the Center for North American Studies and the Center for Democracy and Election Management at American University. A former U.S. National Security Advisor for Latin America, he also was a senior fellow and director of programs on democracy, Latin America, and China at the Carter Center.
Among the significant foreign policy accomplishments of Carter’s administration (1977 to 1981) are the Panama Canal treaties, the Camp David Accords, the treaty of peace between Egypt and Israel, the SALT II treaty with the Soviet Union, and the establishment of U.S. diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China. He championed human rights throughout the world.
On the domestic side, the administration’s achievements included a comprehensive energy program conducted by a new Department of Energy; deregulation in energy, transportation, communications, and finance; major educational programs under a new Department of Education; and major environmental protection legislation, including the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.
The author of 27 books, Carter became University Distinguished Professor at Emory University in 1982 and founded the Carter Center in the same year. Actively guided by Carter, the nonpartisan, nonprofit center addresses national and international issues of public policy. Fellows, associates, and staff of the center join with Carter in efforts to resolve conflict, promote democracy, protect human rights, and prevent disease and other afflictions. Through the Global 2000 programs, the center advances health and agriculture in the developing world. It has spearheaded the international effort to eradicate Guinea worm disease, which will be the second disease in history to be eliminated.
Read more about Carter’s accomplishments here.
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