These events are related to the nine Laureates and to the Conference's focal themes of Human Rights, Conflict, and Reconciliation. Each is listed below with date, title, speaker, time, and location; the Laureate or topic to which an event is related is indicated in capitals within brackets after the speaker's name. Films listed below are also listed on the Pre-Conference Films page. The organizers of the Pre-Conference Educational Events Series are listed on the Organizing Committee page.

Fall Semester: At the University of Virginia, Professor Karen Lang is teaching a seminar on the Nobel Laureates. The goal of this seminar is to develop an informed and critical perspective on the challenges the advancement of peace and democracy face in the twenty-first century. Seminar participants will be encouraged to form interest groups around these and related issues and to report (via class discussions/email) their findings and opinions. They will also be encouraged to examine their own objectives for advancement of peace globally and in their own communities.
Fall Semester: At the University of Virginia Law School, Professors David Martin and John Setear are teaching a seminar entitled International Law and the Nobel Peace Prize which focuses on the international legal aspects of the work of selected Laureates. Early in the semester, class discussions will focus on topics such as the nature and utility of "soft law" instruments, including the International Code of Conduct on Arms Transfers; in the latter part of the semester, students will lead the discussion on such topics as the legal and procedural aspects of the South African Truth and Reconcilation Commission, and the international law of self-determination as applied to Tibet, East Timor, and Burma.
Fall Semester: At the University of Virginia a Brown College discussion group, open to all U.Va. undergraduates, is focusing on the participants in the Conference.

3 WEAPONS, DIPLOMACY AND FOREIGN POLICY IN WASHINGTON, Martha Raddatz, Pentagon correspondent, NPR, [ARIAS], Thursday 4:30-6:30 p.m., Law School, Withers-Brown 101
4 TIBET ON THE AMERICAN AGENDA, Tenzin N. Tethong, Former Prime Minister of Dalai Lama's government in exile, [DALAI LAMA], Friday 3:00 p.m., Wilson Hall 301. Sponsored by the Center for South Asian Studies.
9 FILM: "LAND OF FEAR,"a documentary on Burma by John Pilger, [AUNG SAN SUU KYI], Wednesday 7:00-9:00 p.m., Clemons 201
10 FILM: documentary on South Africa by Lindy Wilson, [RECONCILIATION and TUTU], Thursday 4:30-6:30 p.m., Law School, Withers-Brown 101
11 FILM: "KUNDUN," a filmed biography of the Dalai Lama, [DALAI LAMA], Friday 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Newcomb Hall Theatre; $2.50 admission
12 DISSENT IN THE BURMESE TRADITION, H.L. Seneviratne, (Anthropology), [AUNG SAN SUU KYI], Saturday 11:00 a.m., Minor Hall 225
15 PANEL DISCUSSION ON CAUSES OF WAR with Dale Copeland (Government and Foreign Affairs) and Michael Smith (Government and Foreign Affairs), [CONFLICT], Tuesday 4:00-5:30 p.m., Newcomb Hall Conference Room 161A
17 FILM: "DISAPPEARED," [RECONCILIATION], Thursday 4:30-6:30 p.m., Law School, Withers-Brown 101
17 "PEACE AT HOME," A panel discussing domestic violence and its effects on children and families, with Cartie Lominack (Shelter for Help in Emergency), Jo Afton (Monticello Area Community Action Agency), and others, [B. WILLIAMS], Thursday 7:00 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church
18 BURMA: A POLITICAL UPDATE, Michele Bohana, Institute for Asian Democracy (Washington, D.C.), [AUNG SAN SUU KYI], Friday, 2:00 p.m., Newcomb Hall South Meeting Room
22 INDONESIA AND THE EAST TIMOR QUESTION, David Newsom (Government and Foreign Affairs), [RAMOS-HORTA], Tuesday 5:00 p.m., Jefferson Hall (West Range)
23 LIAM MAHONEY and DIRK EWERS will discuss the work of Peace Brigades International, [MENCHU TUM], Wednesday 3:00 p.m., Wilson 301
23 FILM: BATTLE OF ALGIERS, with an introduction by William Quandt (Government and Foreign Affairs), [CONFLICT], Wednesday 7:00-9:00 p.m., Clemons 201
24 ELAINE JONES, civil rights attorney will speak on civil rights and criminal justice reform, [B. WILLIAMS], Thursday 3:00 p.m., University Chapel
24 LESSONS FROM THE TRUTH COMMISSION FOR EL SALVADOR, Thomas Buergenthal (George Washington Law School), [ARIAS and RECONCILIATION], Thursday 4:30-6:30 p.m., Law School, Withers-Brown 101
24 FILM: ELIE WIESEL: THE POETICS AND POLITICS OF WITNESS, and Panel Discussion, [HUMAN RIGHTS], Thursday, 8:00 p.m., Cabell Hall 132
25 MY TWENTY-SIX YEAR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE DALAI LAMA, Personal account of interactions with the present Dalai Lama, Jeffrey Hopkins, [DALAI LAMA], (Religious Studies), Friday 1:00 p.m., Minor Hall Auditorium.
29 HUMAN RIGHTS ON GROUNDS AND BEYOND, student organizations panel, with representatives from the International Law Society, the International Relations Organization, the National Organization for Women, Amnesty International, and the publication 'Critical Mass.' Moderated by Michael J. Smith (Government and Foreign Affairs), [HUMAN RIGHTS], Tuesday 7:30 p.m., Newcomb Hall 168A

At the University of Virginia's Bayly Art Museum, "New Work: Two Virginia Artists": Susan Bacik, October 29-December 23, and Robert Strini, November 27 - January 17
1 RECONCILIATION IN THE WAKE OF WIDESPREAD HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES, Paul van Zyl (former Executive Secretary, South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission), [ARIAS and RECONCILIATION], Thursday 4:30-6:30 p.m., Law School, Withers-Brown 101
2 THE SNOW LION AND THE DRAGON: CHINA, TIBET, AND THE DALAI LAMA, Concerning the contemporary political situation between Tibet and the People's Republic of China, as well as a look into its future, Melvyn Goldstein (Case Western Reserve University), Friday 3:00 p.m., Minor Hall Auditorium. Sponsored by the Center for South Asian Studies.
6 NORMS AND THE CONDUCT OF WAR, Jeffrey Legro (Government and Foreign Affairs), [CONFLICT], Tuesday 4:00-5:30 p.m., Newcomb Hall Conference Room 168A
6 FILM: WOZA ALBERT!, a video production of Woza Albert!, followed by a discussion led by professors Ben Ray, Religious Studies, and John Mason, History. Woza Albert!, a powerful and moving indictment of Apartheid, imagines the consequences of Christ's return to South Africa., [TUTU], Tuesday 6:30 p.m., Brown College Library (on Monroe Hill)
6 PANEL: INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S RIGHTS, with Lyn Graybill (Government and Foreign Affairs), Julie Novak (School of Nursing), and others, [B. WILLIAMS], Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. Minor Hall Conference Room
7 A HAUNTING PAST, A Student-Led Discussion on Germans and Jews in the 90's, with faculty respondants Jeffrey Grossman (German), Bill McDonald (German), and Peter Ochs (Religious Studies), [CONFLICT], Wednesday 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., Newcomb Hall Board Room
8 FILM: THE PEACEMAKER, [ARIAS], Thursday 4:30-6:30 p.m., Law School, Withers-Brown 101
8 THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION ON HUMAN RIGHTS AT 50, David Martin (Law School), Hon. David Newsom (Government and Foreign Affairs), and Michael Joseph Smith (Government and Foreign Affairs), [HUMAN RIGHTS], Thursday, 7:00 p.m., Newcomb Hall Board Room
12 FILM: SACRIFICE, [AUNG SAN SUU KYI], Monday, 9:00 p.m., Clemons 201
13 BETWEEN CONFLICT AND RECONCILIATION: DIAGNOSING TRAUMATIZED SOCIETIES, Vamik Volkan (Center for the Study of Mind and Human Interaction) and colleagues, [CONFLICT], Tuesday 2:30-4:00 p.m., Rotunda Dome Room
15 U.S. POLICY, INTERNATIONAL LAW, AND THE NUCLEAR TEST BAN TREATIES, Joan Roblfing, National Security Advisor to the Secretary of Energy, [ARIAS], Thursday 4:30-6:30 p.m., Law School, Withers-Brown 101
16 INTERNATIONAL REGULATION OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS, Dr. Ben Garrett, Chief Scientist for Chemical/Biological Warfare Defense, Battelle Memorial Institute, [ARIAS] Friday, 12 noon-1 p.m., Law School, Room WB 128
16 THE RENEWAL OF TIBETAN BUDDHISM IN CHINA, Will discuss the recent renewal of Tibetan Buddhism in Tibet and China with an emphasis on visionary movements, as well as interest among Chinese in Tibetan Buddhism, David Germano (Religious Studies), [DALAI LAMA], Friday 3:00 p.m., Minor Hall Auditorium
19 DECLASSIFYING DOCUMENTS AND THE TRUTH ABOUT U.S. INVOLVEMENT IN GUATEMALA SINCE 1954, Kate Doyle, Director, Guatemala Documentation Project, [MENCHU TUM], Monday 3:00-4:30 p.m., Newcomb Hall South Meeting Room
19 FILM: JENNIFER, EVERADO AND THE CIA IN GUATEMALA, introduced by Tim Weiner, National Security correspondent for the New York Times, [MENCHU TUM], Monday 7:30 p.m., Wilson Hall 402
20 ETHNICITY AND NATIONALISM AS SOURCES OF CONFLICT IN THE BALKANS, Panel Discussion with Paul Shoup (Government and Foreign Affairs) and Arista Cirtautas, [CONFLICT], Tuesday 4:00-5:30 p.m., Newcomb Hall Commonwealth Room
21 BEING WITH DYING: A PATH TO PEACE, Joan Halifax, author and medical anthropologist, [B. WILLIAMS], Wednesday 12:30 p.m., Jordan Hall Conference Center
22 U.S. POLICY ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN CONVENTIONAL WEAPONS, Director of the Office of Chemical, Biological and Missile Non-Proliferation, U.S. Department of State, [ARIAS], Thursday 4:30-6:30 p.m., Law School, Withers-Brown 101
22 THE CAMPAIGN TO BAN LANDMINES: HISTORY AND POLITICS, videotapes and discussion, [J. WILLIAMS/ICBL], Thursday, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Clemons 201
22 FILM: THE COURAGE OF CONSCIENCE: ARCHBISHOP TUTU AND THE STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM IN SOUTH AFRICA, a video examing the relationship between Archbishop Desmond's Tutu's faith and his role in the liberation stuggle in South Africa during the 1970s and '80s. Afterwards Professor William Anderson, Counseling and Psychological Services, will lead a conversation about individual conscience and social action, [TUTU], Thursday, 7:00 p.m., Hereford College
22 TODAY'S YOUTH: RISKS AND POSSIBILITIES, with John Abbott (Children Youth and Family Services), Peter Sheras (Curry School of Education), Geri Schirmer (Voices for Interpersonal Violence Alternatives), Alicia Lugo (Teensight), and others, [B. WILLIAMS], Thursday 7:00 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church
24 BURMA AND THE UNITED NATIONS, Dr. Thuang Htun, National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma Representative to the U.N., [AUNG SAN SUU KYI], Saturday, 2:30 p.m., Newcomb Hall Conference Room 168A
26 POLITICAL ACTION IN THE AGE OF THE INTERNET: SOME REFLECTIONS, Lecture by and discussion with Ramon C. Barquin, Founder and President of the Computer Ethics Institute, [J. Williams/ICBL] Monday 3:30 p.m. Cabell 424.
26 COLONIALISM, SOCIAL ORDER, AND VIOLENCE, Faculty panel with Robert Fatton (Government and Foreign Affairs), Fred Damon (Anthropology), and others, [RAMOS-HORTA], Monday 4:30 p.m., Jefferson Hall (West Range)
27 REGIONAL PERSPECTIVES ON HUMAN RIGHTS, R.S. Khare (Anthropology), Helena Cobban, journalist, Christian Science Monitor, and William Quandt (Government and Foreign Affairs), [HUMAN RIGHTS], Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., Newcomb Hall Board Room
28 QUETZAL: RED AND GREEN, a play by Susan Posey, will be performed by a troupe from Guatemala (in English), [MENCHU TUM], Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., St. Paul's Memorial Church
*from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on October 28th and 29th, there will be an exhibit of traditional Maya textiles at the Church, as well.*
29 INDIGENOUS WOMEN AND HEALTH IN GUATEMALA TODAY, Clare Colop and Guadalupe Ramirez, Maya women from western Guatemala, [MENCHU TUM], Thursday 7:30 p.m., St. Paul's Memorial Church
*There will be a rice and beans dinner at the Church preceding the talk at 6:30 p.m., and traditional Andean music by the Ecuadorian band 'Sinchicuna' afterwards, at 8:30 p.m.*
29 GLOBAL CAPITALISM AND DAILY LIFE IN CENTRAL AMERICA, Ben Blevins, Executive Director, Highland Support Project, [MENCHU TUM], Thursday 3:00 p.m., Maury 104
29 MORALITY AND THE CAMPAIGN TO BAN LANDMINES, Gerard Powers (National Law Center, George Washington University), [J. WILLIAMS/ICBL], Thursday 4:00 p.m., Minor Hall Auditorium
29 VIOLENCE, POETRY, AND SURVIVAL: AN EVENING'S SYMPOSIUM IN ANTICIPATION OF THE NOBEL LAUREATES, featuring dramatic readings, a world premiere choral concert, and panel discussion, with Nora Streijelevich, Gregory Orr, Judith Shatin, and the Virginia Consort, conducted by Judith Gary, [RECONCILIATION], Thursday 7:00-10:00 p.m., Old Cabell Hall

Alderman Library Display: 1982 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Alfonso Garcia Robles
A display commemorating the life of the late Nobel Peace Prize winner, Alfonso Garcia Robles, will be available for viewing in the Alderman Library lobby beginning November 1. Composed of photographs, memoribilia, and manuscripts, the display celebrates the life and accomplishments of this former Mexican Foreign Minister, and Ambassador to the United Nations and to the Geneva Committee on Disarmament. A renowned expert on disarmament, Garcia Robles was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership in the negotiation of the Treaty of Tlatelolco which created a nuclear-weapon-free zone in Latin America.

Garcia Robles's earlier gift to the Alderman Library of the complete set of the negotiating documents of the Treaty of Tlatelolco has recently been augmented by the gift of his personal library of over 1000 volumes on disarmament, the United Nations, and the Law of the Sea. The collection will be housed in the Law Library, and will be available to all UVA students and faculty.

On November 4 the Law Library and Alderman Library will formally acknowledge the gift of the books of Alfonso Garcia Robles. This fall his widow, Senora Juanita Garcia Robles, donated her husband's personal books to the Law Library.

Mexican-born Alfonso Garcia Robles, an international lawyer educated in Mexico City, Paris and The Hague, was a delegate to the San Francisco conference where the United Nations was formed in 1945. He subsequently spent eleven years as the Director of the Division of Political Affairs at the U.N. Secretariat and also served the Mexican Foreign Ministry in many capacities at home and abroad. In the mid-1960s, as Mexico's Under Secretary of Foreign Affairs, he assumed the role of President of the Preparatory Commission for the Denuclearization of Latin America. The resulting treaty declaring Latin America a nuclear weapon free zone and popularly called the Treaty of Tlatelolco, was eventually ratified by twenty-two countries. He co-wrote the Nuclear Non-ProliferationTreaty of 1968 and served as Mexico's representative to the U.N. disarmament talks in Geneva for five years. In 1982 Garcia Robles and Alva Myrdal of Sweden were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their "patient and meticulous work undertaken in international negotiations on mutual disarmament." Alfonso Garcia Robles died at the age of 80 in 1991.
At the University of Virginia's Bayly Art Museum, "Exhibition: The 3000th Anniversary of Jerusalem, City of David", A Tapestry by Leah Gropen, November 5-December 23, 1998
2 CLEARING THE WORLD OF LANDMINES: A MEDICAL PERSPECTIVE, Lecture by James C. Cobey, Associate Professor of Surgery at Georgetown University and a member of Physicians for Human Rights, [J.Williams/ICBL], Monday, 7:00 p.m. Wilson Hall Auditorium
2 WATERS FROM THE DESERT: SENSE OF PLACE, SENSE OF PEACE, Terry Tempest Williams, author and wilderness activist, [B. WILLIAMS], Monday, 8:00 p.m., University Bookstore
4 VOICES OF REFUGEES: THE STORIES AND SONGS OF GUATEMALAN REFUGEES IN CAMPECHE, MEXICO, Shana Vickers, journalist, [MENCHU TUM], Thursday, 7:00 p.m., Chemistry Auditorium