The Clough Colloquium was established through the generosity of Charles I. Clough ’64 and Gloria L. Clough, MDiv’90, MS’96. Chuck’s vision for the Colloquium was to introduce members of the BC Community to persons of high ethical standards who had become leaders in their respective fields. Through these speaking programs students, parents, alumni, faculty, and staff would be exposed to first-hand knowledge of what it means to truly lead. Our goal is to offer these opportunities twice yearly, pulling leaders from all fields and backgrounds at both the national and international levels. Prominent Clough Colloquium guests have included Gov. Jon Hunstman; Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister of Australia; and Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize-winning Iranian activist and lawyer. Visit our past speakers page to view the full list.
SPRING 2017 CLOUGH COLLOQUIUM
MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017
The Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
Doors open at 3:30PM and seating is based on a first-come, first-served basis
Making Human Rights the Compass for All Ethical Globalization
President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice
President of Ireland (1990-1997)
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002)
Mary Robinson served as the seventh, and first female President of Ireland. She is widely regarded as a transformative figure for Ireland, and for the Irish presidency, revitalizing and liberalizing a previously conservative, low-profile political office. President Robinson's talk at Boston College will address the critical role leadership plays in improving human rights and education.
Mary Robinson is President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice. She served as President of Ireland from 1990-1997 and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002. She is a member of the Elders and the Club of Madrid and the recipient of numerous honours and awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the President of the United States Barack Obama. She sits on the advisory board of Sustainable Energy For All (SE4All) and is also a member of the Lead Group of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement.
Between March 2013 and August 2014 Mary served as the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa and from August 2014 to end of 2015 she served as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Climate Change. A former President of the International Commission of Jurists and former chair of the Council of Women World Leaders she was President and founder of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative from 2002-2010 and served as Honorary President of Oxfam International from 2002-2012.
Mary Robinson serves as Patron of the Board of the Institute of Human Rights and Business, is an honorary member of The B Team, in addition to being a board member of several organizations including the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and the European Climate Foundation. She serves as Chancellor of the University of Dublin since 1998. Mary’s memoir, Everybody Matters was published in September 2012.
Presented with the Women's Collaborative, Women's Center, and the Civic Engagement Committee
Celebrating Women's History Month