Former President of Costa Rica, Dr. Rodrigo Carazo Odio, to speak at Spring Hill College Nov. 24

Wed, 11/05/2008 (All day)

Nov. 5, 2008

Mobile, Ala. – Dr. Rodrigo Carazo Odio, former president of the Republic of Costa Rica, will speak at Spring Hill College at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24 in Byrne Memorial Hall. The event is part of the weekend program marking the 25th anniversary celebration of The Mobile International Festival.

Carazo served as president of the Republic of Costa Rica from 1978 to 1982. During his term as president he reactivated the Treaty of San Jose, which set up an Inter-American Human Rights Court in the Costa Rican capital. He made Costa Rica’s foreign policy more universal by establishing relations with African, Asian and Arab nations, sought Latin-American solidarity and independence from world political and economic power centers, and defended Costa Rican sovereignty. He founded the international University for Peace in Ciudad Colon, and assumed its presidency after completing his term as a Costa Rica’s leader. Carazo continues his role as a distinguished statesman on the world stage. In April 1994 he led a delegation on the Summit Council for World Peace to Pyongyang, North Korea, which met with the late President Kim Il Sung to discuss issues relating to peace and stability on the Korean peninsula. In recognition of his contribution to world peace, he has won numerous peace awards and honorary degrees including an honorary Doctorate in Human Letters from the University of South Alabama in 2004.

His lecture, “Peace – a Way of Life,” will emphasize that peace is not merely a matter of noble sentiments. It requires by its very nature, some measure of diversified knowledge, both theoretical and practical. In working for peace, Carazo says, we cannot expect immediate results, nor can we attempt to build peace through war and violence. Peace must be built in the minds and hearts of all human beings. Peace is the outgrowth of both tolerance and justice. “When we make a thought a reality, we realize that all human beings, in one way or another, converge in God,” he says. With our sophisticated means of communication we can equip education to transform the world. Let us educate for peace; let us make peace a way of life.

Christus Theological Institute is a grass-roots consortium of Bay area churches joined in the quest to promote a deeper understanding of our Christian faith and is housed at Spring Hill College.

Admission is free for Christus members and $2 for guests.  For more information on this and upcoming Christus events, please contact the Department of Theology at (251) 380-4660 or christus@shc.edu.