Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jody Williams to speak at Kennesaw State

Jody Williams

Leader of campaign to ban landmines featured at “Pathways to Peace” lecture series…

Georgia (Jan 23, 2012)Leader of campaign to ban landmines featured at “Pathways to Peace” lecture series

KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan. 23, 2012) — Jody Williams, a 1997 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for her work on banning landmines through the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, will speak at the second annual “Pathways to Peace Lecture Series” at Kennesaw State University on Feb. 2.


Named by Forbes magazine as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world, Williams is an outspoken peace activist who since 2006 has chaired the Nobel Women’s Initiative with Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi of Iran.  The initiative uses the prestige of the Nobel Peace Prize to magnify the power of women working in countries around the word for peace, justice and equality. In 2007, Williams led a high-level mission to Darfur for the United Nations’ Human Rights Council.


The “Pathways to Peace Lecture Series” features some of the world’s foremost human rights activists and progressive corporate leaders. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof launched the series in spring 2011. The series is a collaboration among Kennesaw State’s Coles College of Business, the University College’s First-Year Programs and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Peace Studies Program.


Williams will speak at two forums:

Thursday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m. at Prillaman Hall, Room 1000, and 7 p.m. at the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center on the KSU campus, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw, GA 30144.

Admission is free but tickets are required. Tickets are available at

Williams will be available for media interviews from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Prillaman Hall Conference Room.



Kennesaw State University is the third largest university in Georgia, offering 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of  24,100 students from more than 130 countries. 



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