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Former Pres. Cape Verde, Pedro Pires, to Speak at Wellesley College

Pedro Pires, Former Pres. Cape Verde"Freedom, Equality and Democracy"

Former President of Cape Verde, Pedro Pires
to speak at Wellesley College.

Friday, January 11, 2013
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall Auditorium

106 Central Street, Wellesley.

Former United States Congressman Barney Frank will offer remarks.

Layli Maparyan, the Katherine Stone Kaufmann ‘67 Executive Director of the Wellesley Centers for Women, will moderate the talk, with an introduction by H. Kim Bottomly, president of Wellesley College.

The event is free and open to the public.

Pires, who successfully led Cape Verde as president from 2001-2011 after it gained independence from Portugal, will discuss his country’s transition to democracy.

Pedro Pires to Speak at Wellesley CollegeWinner of The Mo Ibrahim Prize

He was the winner of The Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership in 2011. The award is given to African heads of state who are considered to be exceptional role models for the continent. Recipients are recognized for work developing their countries, lifting people out of poverty, and paving the way for future prosperity and success.

Pires visits Wellesley as part of the 2013 Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs. The Institute was launched at Wellesley in 2010 and is designed to educate women to fulfill global leadership positions, strengthen the role of women in international relations, and inform policy discussions and academic thought in global affairs.

"Cape Verde’s transition to democracy has served as a powerful example to other West African nations," said Joanne Murray ’81, Director of the Albright Institute. "President Pires’ continuing leadership of the Amilcar Cabral Foundation shows his extended commitment to this effort. His leadership throughout offers a beacon for this year's Albright Fellows class, a group of women who will be among the next generation of world leaders."

The 2013 Albright Institute class comprises 40 Wellesley College students from 13 countries representing 27 different majors. The women, a select group of juniors and seniors, will spend several weeks in January learning to become global leaders from institute faculty, including:
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor and 74th United States Secretary of the Treasury Henry ("Hank") Paulson;
  • Wendy Judge Paulson '69, chair emerita of Rare Conservation, an international organization that trains local leaders to inspire conservation in communities around the world; and from
  • Former Secretary Albright herself.
President Pires’ talk will be given in Portuguese, translation services will be provided.

About the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, a 1959 graduate of Wellesley College, established the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs in 2010. The Albright Institute brings a unique interdisciplinary approach to the challenges we face in the world today.

Each year, forty Wellesley students are chosen as Albright Fellows and begin a transformative process that takes them from the classroom to internship placements at leading organizations around the world.

About Wellesley College

Since 1875, Wellesley College has been the preeminent liberal arts college for women. Known for its intellectual rigor and its remarkable track record for the cultivation of women leaders in every arena, Wellesley—only 12 miles from Boston—is home to some 2300 undergraduates from every state and 75 countries.

Press Contacts Anne Yu, Assistant Director, Media Relations, ayu@wellesley.edu, 781-283-3201 Sofiya Cabalquinto, Director, Media Relations, scabalqu@wellesley.edu, 781-283-3321


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Posted: January 8, 2013     Nancy J Conrad

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