Nobel Laureate To Speak At Baylor Oct. 2

Sept. 26, 2002

by Nicole L. Anderson, Student Newswriter

Oscar Arias Sanchez, winner of the 1987 Nobel Peace Prize and former president of Costa Rica, will speak at Baylor University in Chapel at 10 and 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, in Waco Hall.

Arias was elected president of Costa Rica in 1986 and brought together presidents of nine Latin American countries to negotiate peace in the region plagued with wars and conflicts. The Arias Peace Plan earned him the Nobel Peace Prize. Arias has continued to promote human development, global governance and human security since leaving office in 1990.

Born in 1941, Arias studied in the United States, and then continued his education in law and economics at the University of Costa Rica. He has authored several books and articles on political and historical subjects.

Arias began his political career in 1970 and held numerous government positions including Minister of National Planning and Political Economy, International Secretary, General Secretary and representative at the Socialist International Congress. Arias won the Costa Rican presidency as a candidate for the Christian Social Unity Party.

For more information, contact the office of university ministries at 710-3517.

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