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PeaceJam 2017: Nobel Peace Laureate Oscar Arias

PeaceJam 2017:  Nobel Peace Laureate Oscar Arias
March 10, 6:30-8:00pm in 156 Straub   

Nobel Peace Laureate and former Costa Rican president, Oscar Arias. Arias will deliver a public lecture at the UO on March 10th 6:30-8:00pm in 156 Straub. PeaceJam workshops March 11-12. More at the UO Global Justice Program.

Elected President of Costa Rica in 1986, Óscar Arias Sánchez sought peace in Central America. With a mandate from the people of Costa Rica he sought to disentangle the region from the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. As armed conflicts were underway in four of five neighboring countries, Arias coordinated a series of meetings with the presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama and Nicaragua. Each president eventually agreed to the plan (Esquipulas II Accords), which called for each country to limit the size of their armies, assure freedom of the press, and hold free and open elections. The plan was successful and, with the signing of the accords, fighting in the region came to an end. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 for these efforts. He served as President of Costa Rica again in 2006-2010. President Arias studied law and political science at the University of Costa Rica and in 1974 obtained a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Essex. Dr. Arias has received dozens of honorary degrees, including doctorates from Princeton, Harvard, and Washington University.


Sponsored by: Division of Student Life, Office of the President, Holden Center, Center for Latino/a/Latin American Studies, College of Arts & Sciences, Environmental Studies, Global Justice Program, History, Oregon Humanities Center, International Studies, Latin American Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Romance Languages, Sociology, Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Office of the Provost.