Distributed March 28, 2001
For Immediate Release
News Service Contact: Mary Jo Curtis
Ogden Memorial Lecture
Former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell to speak April 16
Kim Campbell, who in 1993 became the first woman Prime Minister of Canada, will deliver a Stephen A. Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture on “Culture, Trade and Globalization” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 16, 2001, in the Salomon Center for Teaching. This event is free and open to the public.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Former Prime Minister of Canada Kim Campbell will speak on “Culture, Trade and Globalization” when she delivers a Stephen A. Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture on International Affairs at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 16, 2001, in the Richard and Edna Salomon Center for Teaching, located on The College Green.
Campbell, who served in 1993 as the 19th prime minister of Canada, was the first woman to hold that office. A longstanding champion of women’s rights, she currently chairs the Council of Women World Leaders at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and is a senior fellow of the Gorbachev Foundation of North America.
Born in British Columbia, Campbell earned degrees in law and political science from the University of British Columbia, specializing in international politics and Soviet government. She also studied at the London School of Economics and taught in Canadian colleges for six years. Her rise on Canada’s national political scene began in 1988, when she successfully ran for a seat in the Canadian House of Commons and became the first Progressive Conservative member of Parliament from a Vancouver district. She held positions in Prime Minister Brian Mulroney’s cabinet from 1989 to 1993. When he announced his retirement in February 1993, Campbell was narrowly elected leader of the Progressive Conservative Party and became prime minister that June. She was defeated in national elections the following October, however, and left the political arena to return to academe.
Politically, Campbell is most widely recognized for the record amount of legislation passed during her three years as minister of justice, when she was responsible for Canada’s criminal law and successfully introduced policies supporting gun control, gay rights and the rights of sexual assault victims. Campbell speaks frequently in public and as a media commentator on issues relating to women, international relations after the Cold War, democratization and U.S.-Canada relations and trade. Her best-selling memoir, Time and Chance, was published in Canada in 1996.
The Ogden Lectures were established in memory of Stephen A. Ogden Jr. ’60, a Brown student who died in 1963 from injuries he suffered in a car accident. His family established the lectures as a tribute to his interest in international relations. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call (401) 863-2108.