Gillian Sorensen to Lecture on U.S.-UN Relations
Madison, NJ (February 2, 2011) – Gillian Sorensen, Senior Advisor at the United Nations Foundation, will address the changing global role of the United States and the relationship between the U.S. and the United Nations in her presentation at the College at Florham of Fairleigh Dickinson University on Wednesday, February 23.
The lecture, which will be held in Lenfell Hall from 6-8 p.m., is entitled “Facing the Crises of Our Times: The UN in the 21st Century.” This free event is intended for students, community activists, and the general public.
The United States has long-enjoyed its status as the world’s leading superpower, but as the times have changed, so must the tactics of the U.S. change. While the nation’s economic and military power have been sufficient to secure its interests, international engagement has become more important than ever. This lecture will explore what value the UN is to the U.S. and discuss the challenges of working through the U.N. system.
Sorensen is a national advocate on matters related to the UN and U.S.-UN relations. As the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for External Relations from 1997-2003, she was responsible for outreach to non-governmental organizations and was the contact point for Secretary-General Kofi Annan with parliamentarians, the academic world, religious leaders, and other groups committed to peace, justice, development, and human rights.
The event is sponsored by the College at Florham student United Nations, the university’s Office of Global Learning, and the United Nations Association-United States of America.
Fairleigh Dickinson University is located at 285 Madison Ave., Madison, NJ 07940.