University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
November 10, 2008
Contact: Alice Jackson, Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6639
Former President of Costa Rica to Speak at USA on Nov. 24


As part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the Mobile International Festival, the University’s Office of International Education and the International Studies Program will sponsor a talk by the former President of Costa Rica, Rodrigo Carazo Odio, on Monday, Nov. 24.

A respected activist in global peace initiatives and human rights concerns, Carazo will speak on “Change, Peace, and Religion” at 2 p.m. in the University Library Auditorium. His lecture is free and open to the public.

The event marks Carazo’s second visit to USA’s campus. In December 2004, he gave the University’s fall commencement address and was presented with an honorary doctorate.

Carazo served as president of the Republic of Costa Rica from 1978-1982. During his term as president he reactivated the Treaty of San Jose, which set up an Inter-American Human Rights Court in the Costa Rican capital.
Former President of Costa Rica, Rodrigo Carazo Odio
Former President of Costa Rica,
Rodrigo Carazo Odio

He made Costa Rica’s foreign policy more universal by establishing relations with African, Asian and Arab nations, sought Latin American solidarity and independence from world political and economic power centers, and defended Costa Rican sovereignty.

Carazo founded the international University for Peace in Ciudad Colon, and assumed its presidency after completing his term as Costa Rica’s leader.

President Carazo continues his role as a distinguished statesman on the world stage. In April 1994, he led a delegation on the Summit Council for World Peace to Pyongyang, North Korea, which met with the late President Kim Il Sung to discuss issues relating to peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.

In recognition of his contribution to world peace, Carazo has won numerous honorary degrees and peace awards, including the Great World Peace Award in 2003 from the Oughtopian Peace Foundation in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Additionally, Carazo is a member of the Committee of 100 for Tibet, which supports the Tibetan people in their peaceful struggle for human rights. He is also a member of the editorial board of Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice.

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