Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will deliver the inaugural Robert ’69 and Margaret Pastor Lecture in International Affairs at 4 p.m. Monday, April 22 at Lafayette College.

Carter’s address, “Reflections on Human Rights and Democracy,” is scheduled to be held outdoors on the campus Quad. The event is free and open to the public. If it is held on the Quad, no tickets are required.

If it rains, the address will be held indoors in Kamine Gymnasium at Kirby Sports Center on Hamilton Street. If the talk is moved inside, tickets are required but the supply of tickets is exhausted for the event. Check here closer to the event for the final venue location.

The talk will also be televised live in Lafayette’s Colton Chapel (tickets are not required for the Colton Chapel telecast) as well as streamed live on A link will be available on the homepage.

In addition, Carter’s talk will be broadcast at 8 p.m. Monday, April 22, and again at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, by RCN on its channels in the Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia.

The College is hosting a series of events prior to Carter’s visit to campus.

There will be a screening of the documentary Andrew Young Presents: Carter – An Intimate Look at the 39th Presidency at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18 in Limburg Theater at Farinon Center and a talk by Robert Pastor ’69 on “The Enduring Legacy of Jimmy Carter: The Panama Canal Treaties and Human Rights” at noon Monday, April 22 in Kirby Hall of Civil Rights room 104.

Pastor is professor and director of the Center for North American Studies at American University and served as National Security Adviser on Latin America during the Carter Administration.

Carter was the 39th president of the United States. Among the significant foreign policy accomplishments of his administration (1977-81) 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.

Among many other honors, Carter was awarded the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize, for “decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”

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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Photo: Courtesy of Mercer University,
Higher resolution photos from the Carter Center also available online

Lafayette is a top liberal arts college with 2,400 students and 215 full-time faculty that offers a wide variety of undergraduate degree programs including engineering. With close proximity to New York City and Philadelphia, Lafayette has one of the highest endowment-per-student rates in the nation. This means ample resources to fuel student research, and provide opportunities for study abroad, internships and field work. It means outstanding facilities, Division I sports, funding for 250 student groups on one of the most beautiful campuses in the country.

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Lafayette College
Communications Division
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