Denis J. Halliday, former United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq, will lecture on "Death in Iraq: Why We Are Responsible," in Sanders Auditorium at Vassar College on Wednesday, March 22, at 5:00 p.m. The lecture is presented by the Department of Sociology and co-sponsored by the Office of the President, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Urban Studies Program, Vassar Greens, Student Activist Union, and Hunger Action. It is free and open to the public.
Halliday spent most of his 34 years with the U.N. in development-related posts both in New York and overseas. In 1997, he was appointed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the post of United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq. While serving in Baghdad, Halliday produced reports and proposals for the Secretary-General and the Security Council, and recommended the enhancement of the U.N. Oil-for-Food program. Since resigning from the United Nations in order to speak publicly about the deadly impact of economic sanctions on the people of Iraq, Halliday has given numerous lectures and interviews in North America and Europe. He is currently the Visiting Lang Professor at Swarthmore College.
For additional information, call the Vassar College Department of Sociology at (845) 437-5510. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations may contact Cathy Jennings, Office of Campus Activities, (845) 437-5370, as far in advance as possible to request appropriate and reasonable accommodations.