University of South Carolina

Walker Institute to celebrate 50 years with March events

Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, and U.S. Gen. Stanley McChrystal will deliver public talks in March at the University of South Carolina. Their appearances are among a series of events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of USC’s Walker Institute of International and Area Studies.

Titled “Women, Peace and Security,” William’s talk will take place at 7 p.m. March 3 in Belk Auditorium in the Darla Moore School of Business. She will focus on the impact of women’s increasing role in peace building and peace keeping.

McChrystal’s lecture, titled “American Leadership in a Complex World,” will address the importance of understanding and developing relationships in the world today. It is scheduled for 7 p.m., March 17, in the School of Law Auditorium.

Both events are free and open to the public.

As chairman of the Nobel Women’s Initiative, Williams promotes efforts of women’s rights activists, researchers and organizations working to advance peace, justice and equality for women. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for her work to ban landmines through the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, which shared the Peace Prize with her that year. She was the 10th woman to receive the prize at the time.

McChrystal is a retired four-star general in the U.S. Army. Prior to his retirement in June 2010, he was the commander of the International Security Assistance Force and of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Before that, he served as director of the Joint Staff from August 2008 to June 2009 and as commander of the Joint Special Operations Command from 2003 – 2008.

For more information, contact the Walker Institute at 803-777-8180, or visit the webpage

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 02/25/11 @ 3:30 PM | Updated: 03/02/11 @ 4:12 PM | Permalink