Academic Speaker Series


Featured Speaker: Jody Williams

Monday, November 8, 2004 - "The Power of One: An Individual's Impact on Social and Political Change"


Jody Williams is the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. She is one of only ten women who have received the Nobel Peace Prize and only the third woman from the United States. Williams is an outspoken advocate for peace and human rights issues. She founded the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) and has overseen its growth to more than 85 countries. Working with governments, the United Nations, and the International Red Cross, the ICBL has achieved an international treaty banning antipersonnel landmines. Prior to beginning the ICBL, Williams worked to develop humanitarian relief projects for El Salvador and other Central American countries. She has taught English as a second language in Mexico, the UK, and Washington, D.C. Williams holds a master's degree in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, a master's in Teaching Spanish and ESL from the School for International Training, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont.