The 13th Annual Eugene J. McCarthy Lecture

The 13th Annual Eugene J. McCarthy Lecture

February 4, 2020 at 7:00 PM
Stephen B. Humphrey Theater, SJU

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His Excellency Juan Manuel Santos

  • President of Colombia (2010-2018)
  • Nobel Peace Prize Recipient, 2016
  • Former Foreign Trade Minister, Finance and Public Credit Minister, and National Defense Minister of Colombia

Juan Manuel Santos is the two-term President of Colombia (2010-2014 / 2014-2018). Recognized as one of the most influential leaders in the world, President Santos ushered in a new era of prosperity, peace, equity, and education throughout Colombia during his tenure. 

Due to his tenacity and determination to achieve peace and reconciliation in Colombia, in 2016 the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded President Santos the Nobel Peace Prize "for his resolute efforts to bring the country's more than 50-year-long civil war to an end." Santos has also been twice-named to TIME’s "100 Most Influential People" and was honored with the World Economic Forum’s Global Statesman Award.

The program will begin with a screening of the documentary Port of Destiny: Peace at 7:00 p.m. Following President Santos’s remarks,   Valentín Sierra, 2010 SJU graduate will do an interview.

Port of Destiny tells the story of Santos' path to peace: As Defense Minister, he waged war on FARC, a terrorist guerrilla movement; as President, he brokered peace but paid a steep political price.

Sponsored by: The Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement

Co-Sponsored by: The Saint John’s University Chair in Critical Thinking