Nobel Laureate José Ramos-Horta to Speak at Vanderbilt
José Ramos-Horta, 1996 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, will deliver an address entitled "Peacemaking: The Power of Nonviolence" in Langford Auditorium on October 4 at 7:00 p.m. His visit is sponsored by the Dean's Office of the College of Arts and Science. Ramos-Horta will be introduced by Chancellor E. Gordon Gee.
The son of a Timorese mother and a Portuguese father, Ramos-Horta is best known for his denunciation of the 1975 invasion and subsequent annexation of East Timor by Indonesia. An exile from his native land of East Timor since the invasion, he has worked to focus international attention on the Indonesian military's mass slaughters (whose victims include four of Ramos-Horta's brothers and sisters) and on the denial to East Timorese of their right to self-determination. He is also active in other human rights movements around the world, maintaining close ties with such leading figures as Tibet's Dalai Lama and the Guatemalan activist Rigoberta Menchú. He shares the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize with Indonesian Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo and has also received the Unrepresented National and Peoples Organization's UNPO Prize for his "unswerving commitment to the rights and freedoms of threatened peoples."
Ramos-Horta's lecture is part of Symposium 2000. A complete listing of planned events can be found on the World Wide Web at www.spaceformusic.com/symposium/2000/main.html.
For more information, contact the Center's executive director, Mona C. Frederick.
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