Dr.Madeleine Albright & Dr. Lloyd Axworthy speaks on R2P at the University of Toronto

 

On April 1st, 2014, at the Seeley Hall of Trinity College, University of Toronto, the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History co-hosted a student panel discussion featuring Dr.Madeleine Albright, the 64th secretary of state of the United States, and Dr.Lloyd Axworthy, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, chaired by Hon. Bill Graham, Chancellor of Trinity College. Four students from the University of Toronto served on the panel: Ms.Hope Caldi, Mr.Misha Boutilier, Ms.Rachel Gunn and Mr.Patrick Quinton-Brown. Dr.Albright and Dr.Axworthy reflected upon the lessons learned from the Rwandan Genocide, failures of humanitarian interventions in the 1990s, and the future of global humanitarianism. This event attracted over 150 students and faculty at the University of Toronto and served as an integral part of the Rwanda20 campaign co-hosted by the CCR2P and the Bill Graham Centre to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide.

Click here for the coverage by the University of Toronto’s Media Relations Department.

 

Dr.Madeleine Albright and Ms.Tina Jiwon Park at Trinity College, University of Toronto, April 1, 2014

Dr.Madeleine Albright and Ms.Tina Jiwon Park at Trinity College, University of Toronto,                     April 1, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Student audience from the University of Toronto (April 1, 2014) Photo by Nicolett Jakab

Photo credit to Nicolett Jakab

Tina’s Welcome Remarks at the Seeley Hall                                          (Photo credit to Nicolett Jakab)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tina thanking Dr.Lloyd Axworthy after the event (Photo credit to Nicolett Jakab)

(From left to right) Mr.Geoff Seaborn, Ms. Tina Park, Dr. Lloyd Axworthy and Dr. John English

(From left to right) Mr.Geoff Seaborn, Ms. Tina Park, Dr. Lloyd Axworthy and Dr. John English (Photo by Nicolett Jakab)

 

 

 

 

Chancellor of Trinity College, Hon. Bill Graham, chairing a panel discussion with Dr.Madeleine Albright & Dr.Lloyd Axworthy (Seeley Hall, Trinity College) Photo credits to Nicolett Jakab

Chancellor of Trinity College, Hon. Bill Graham, chairing a panel discussion with Dr.Madeleine Albright & Dr.Lloyd Axworthy (Seeley Hall, Trinity College) Photo credits to Nicolett Jakab

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student panellists with Dr.Lloyd Axworthy and Dr.Madeleine Albright

Student panellists with Dr.Lloyd Axworthy and Dr.Madeleine Albright (Photo by Nicolett Jakab)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below, please find a full text of  Tina’s welcome address.

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April 1st 2014

OPENING REMARKS

Good afternoon,

Dr. Madeleine Albright, Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, Chancellor Bill Graham and our distinguished guests:

On behalf of the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, I am delighted to welcome you today for our student panel discussion here at Trinity College.

My name is Tina Park and I am a co-founder and executive director of the Canadian Centre for R2P.

Based at the Munk school of Global Affairs, the Canadian Centre for R2P is mandated with promoting scholarly engagement and political implementation of the Responsibility to Protect principle. As a leading non-profit and non-partisan research organization for R2P in Canada, we currently have over 80 students working in our research and advocacy wings. We have also recently advised the Inter-Parliamentary Union on their resolution on the role of parliamentarians in enforcing R2P.

With the International Relations Programme at Trinity College and the Bill Graham Centre, we have recently launched a campaign this spring to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide and reflect upon the past, present and future of the R2P principle. Through our campaign, we hope to reflect upon our pledge of “never again” in our efforts to curb mass human atrocities and discuss how we can make the responsibility to protect a living reality in the 21st century.

In addition to the full-day conference last Saturday, our campaign consists of a film festival, a youth and education outreach program to high schools in Toronto, and a publication project with the Canadian International Council’s OpenCanada, featuring reflections by twenty prominent Canadians on the lessons learned from the Rwandan Genocide.

Today’s panel discussion is an important part of our campaign as we engage in dialogues with two very distinguished guests, Dr.Albright and Dr.Axworthy, who have made enormous contributions in the promotion of global humanitarianism. We are honoured that they could share their insightful ideas with the students at the University of Toronto and are extremely grateful of their time and dedication.

Now, I am delighted to introduce our Chancellor, Honourable Bill Graham, to you, who will be chairing today’s panel discussion.

A graduate of Trinity College, Chancellor Graham was first elected as a Liberal MP for Toronto Centre-Rosedale in 1993 and served the Toronto Centre until 2007. He also served as a chairman of the standing committee of the House of Commons on Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2002 to 2004 and subsequently as the Minister of National Defense from 2004 to 2006. In February 2006, he was appointed as the Leader of the Official Opposition.

Prior to entering politics, Chancellor Graham had a very distinguished legal career. After earning his law degree at the University of Toronto as the Gold Medallist, he pursued a doctorate in law in Paris. As a partner in Fasken & Calvin in Toronto, he practiced litigation and international commercial law, primarily in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. In the 1980s, he taught international law at the Faculty of Law here at the University of Toronto.

As the Chancellor of Trinity College, Professor Graham has been an exceptional mentor to many of our students and a generous supporter of our international relations program, the Canadian Centre for R2P as well as the newly launched Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History.

Without further delay, please join me in welcoming Chancellor Graham to the podium.

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“The past, present and future of G8/G20 Summitry”

Paul Martin and Bill Graham

The Rt.Hon. Paul Martin and Chancellor of Trinity College Bill Graham

On January 10th 2014, the G8/G20 Research Group at the University of Toronto hosted a full-day conference at Trinity College (6 Hoskin Ave) on the past, present and future of the G8 and G20 Summitry.  The Right Honourable Paul Martin, former Prime Minister of Canada, joined Honourable Bill Graham, the Chancellor of Trinity College for a conversation on “From G7/G8 to G20.”  The conference programme can be found here: G8-G20-2014-Conference (1)

Great Sieges of the 20th Century

On Sunday, February 9th 2014,  a conference on the “Great Sieges of the 20th Century” was held at the Upper Library of Massey College, 4 Devonshire Place. Organized by Prof. Donald Rickerd, this conference brought together a number of scholars, military & policy experts, and students from the University of Toronto. Pavle Misha and Japanese Consul

 

Please click on the link below for the conference program.

Great Sieges Program

2013 Global Convening on Ending Mass Atrocities

Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turke

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Networking Reception & Cruise dinner on the Bosphorous Sea, Istanbul

Networking Reception & Cruise dinner on the Bosphorous Sea, Istanbul

“The Nexus Fund recently hosted the 2nd Annual Global Convening to End Mass Atrocities. This June, practitioners from the atrocities prevention community assembled in Istanbul, Turkey, to address and reflect on the field’s most  pressing issues through a combination of small-group discussions, plenaries, and presentations. Tina Park & Patrick Quinton-Brown from the Canadian Centre for Responsibility to Protect participated at this convening to showcase the CCR2P & our work with the Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly.”  (http://nexus-fund.org/annual-convening/)

Patrick showcasing the CCR2P's >

Patrick showcasing the CCR2P’s << R2Plive.org >>

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2013 Nexus Convening to End Mass Atrocities, Point Barbaros Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey

A peak at the Hagia Sophia!

A peak at the Hagia Sophia!

With Naomi Kikoler (Global Centre for R2P), Sally Smith (Nexus Fund) & Dr. Malte Brosig (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)

With Naomi Kikoler (Global Centre for R2P), Sally Smith (Nexus Fund) & Dr. Malte Brosig (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)

Istanbul 2013

Beautiful View on the Bosphorous Sea at night!

Turkish experience! 🙂

Lovin' the garden at the Dolmabache palace, Istanbul...Absolute beauty.

Lovin’ the garden at the Dolmabache palace, Istanbul…Absolute beauty

Inside the suleymaniye mosque, Istanbul

Inside the suleymaniye mosque, Istanbul

@ suleymaniye mosque

@ suleymaniye mosque

A little shopping at Grand Bazaar! :)

Beautiful pottery art! 🙂

A little shopper's heaven @ Grand Bazaar, Istanbul 2013

A little shopper’s heaven @ Grand Bazaar, Istanbul 2013

Pretty amazed by the Topaki Palace...

Pretty amazed by the Topaki Palace…

Morning stroll at the Dolamabache Palace, Istanbul

Morning stroll at the Dolamabache Palace, Istanbul

Hello from Taksim Square, Istanbul June 2013 -- protesters were very quiet & peaceful

Hello from Taksim Square, Istanbul June 2013 — protesters were very quiet & peaceful

Simply the best...@Develi Restaurante, since 1912

Simply the best…@Develi Restaurante, since 1912

MAGIC.

MAGIC.

@ Chora Museum, Istanbul...What a mind-blowing experience!

@ Chora Museum, Istanbul…What a mind-blowing experience!

Dinner at the oldest Kebab restaurant in Istanbul...yummy!

Dinner at the oldest Kebab restaurant in Istanbul…yummy!

Lunch at the Topaki Palace, IstanbulLunch at the Topaki Palace, Istanbul

Pearson Government: 50 Years On

Pearson Government: 50 Years On -- At lunch celebrating the launch of Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History

Lester Pearson became Prime Minister fifty years ago this April, at the head of one of the most memorable governments in Canadian history. Some of the programs and institutions introduced by the Pearson government, such as Medicare and the CPP, largely define the Canada we know. At the same time, many of the issues that dominated the politics of the day, including the future of the welfare state and Canada’s role in the world, are very much alive.

 

This one-day conference hosted by the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History marked the fiftieth anniversary of the Pearson government, and placing its legacy in historical perspective. Former Cabinet members, diplomats, historians and students came together to exchange perspectives on the Pearson era. 

 

The day’s highlights included lunchtime remarks by former Prime Minister John Turner on the Pearson Cabinet, and reflections by former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien on fifty years in politics. 

At Pearson Conference, April 2013 with Former Prime Minister of Canada, the Honourable John Turner

At Pearson Conference, April 2013 with Former Prime Minister of Canada, the Honourable John Turner

With former Prime Minister of Canada, the Honorable Jean Chrétienada,

With former Prime Minister of Canada, the Honorable Jean Chrétienada,

University of Toronto Alumni Association Award

History of the Award

The UTAA fosters community engagement amongst alumni through a variety of strategic initiatives. This award was created to honour an extraordinary alumnus/a who has set a high standard for community service. The UTAA will recognize an individual who has made a significant contribution of time and talent as a volunteer to civic and charitable causes. The outstanding contributions of this individual will be showcased at the UTAA’s Annual Celebration to promote community engagement and inspire others.

With President David Naylor of the University of Toronto:: Award of Excellence Ceremony at Hart House, April 10, 2013

Tina Park with President David Naylor of the University of Toronto:: Award of Excellence Ceremony at Hart House, April 10, 2013

Hart House, April 10, 2013 with Colum Grove-White & Leonel Abaroa-Bolona

Hart House, April 10, 2013 

MASSEY TALKS!

Massey Talks is an initiative at Massey College which I helped to launch in the fall of 2010 to help foster fellowship amongst all members. 

Massey Talks showcases the lives and works of some very prominent Quadranglers and Senior Fellows of Massey College. Each academic term features two Massey Talks evenings where the speakers engage in an informal discussion with the audience,  primarily composed of our junior and senior fellows and any other interested members of the Massey community.

Considering that there are only limited opportunities for JFs to meet with such distinguished members of our college like yourself, our Massey Talks sessions are intended to provide a personal glimpse into the lives and experiences of our extraordinary fellows. After a brief introduction, each speaker is asked to speak for about 15 minutes about their lives — career, research or any other topic. Then the floor will open for Q&A, moderated by one of the organizers. Our main goal is to create a forum for intellectual and personal conversation in an informal environment, in line with the founding principles of Massey College.

In the past, Massey Talks hosted fascinating speakers such as President David Naylor, Nobel Laureate Dr.John Polyani, Dr. Margaret MacMillan, Mr. Charles Pachter, Mr. R.H.Thomson, the Honourable Bill Graham, Justice Patrick LeSage, the Very Rev. Honourable Lois Wilson, Dean Mayo Moran (U of T Law School), Master John Fraser, Mr. Michael Valpy, Mr. Mark Smith (KPMG), Mr. John Geiger (Globe and Mail), Dr. Lorna Marsden, Mr. David Hilton, Dr. David Goldbloom(CAMH), to name a few.

For U of T Media Relations department’s coverage, please see http://media.utoronto.ca/media-releases/event-advisories/massey-talks-featuring-top-canadians/