Global Human Security Lecture Series

A logo showing an outline of a person and a globe representing the Global Human Security Lecture SeriesThe Global Human Security Lecture Series is presented by the Graduate International Relations Program.


“Sorry for Your Troubles:  Reflections on Conflict and Peace in Northern Ireland”

Pádraig Ó Tuama

On November 14, 2013, Pádraig Ó Tuama was the guest lecturer in this year’s series. Ó Tuama is a renowned poet, group facilitator, theologian and mediator from Northern Ireland.  He speaks, writes, and facilitates conversations on meditative dialogue, diversity in religious texts, LGBT lives and stories, communication, storytelling and the role of arts in public life.  He specializes in helping groups speak to and about each other — especially when those words are difficult.  He is the author of two collections of poetry, Sorry for Your Troubles (July 2013) and Readings from the Book of Exile (July 2012).

This visit was sponsored by a grant from the U.S. Institute for Peace, the Graduate International Relations Department, and the English-Communication Studies Department. You can watch the full presentation here:

Past Speakers in this Series

November 2012, Guest Speaker:  Dr. Peter Wallensteen

Peter Wallenstein is a leading international researcher, a Senior Professor Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University in Sweden, and a Research Professor of Peace Studies at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.  He is also the director and founder of the Uppsala Conflict Data Program, the most widely-used data source on global armed forces.  He is the author of Understanding Conflict Resolution:  Peace, War, and the Global System (2012), Peace Research:  Theory and Practice (2011), and The Go-Between (2010).  Dr. Wallensteen spoke about his peace research in theory and practice.

March 2010, Guest Speaker:  Elizabeth Ferris

Elizabeth Ferris is a senior fellow in Foreign Policy and co-director of The Brookings Institution University of Bern Project on Internal Displacement in Washington, DC.  Her work encompasses issues related to forced migration, human rights, the role of civil society protecting displaced populations and the security implications of displacement.  Ms. Ferris talked on “After Natural Disasters:  Human Rights and Humanitarian Response” and “The Politics of Protection.”