Nobel Peace Prize winner to bring powerful message to Regis University March 21

February 18, 2014

Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Nobel Peace laureate and Argentine human rights activist, will draw from his experiences leading nonviolent movements and discuss the role everyone plays in bringing about societal change when he speaks Friday, March 21, on Regis University’s North Denver (Lowell) Campus.

Pérez Esquivel will present “Breaking the Cycle of Violence” at 6:30 p.m. in the St. John Francis Regis Chapel, 3333 Regis Blvd. The public is invited to this free presentation sponsored by Regis’ Institute on the Common Good in partnership with PeaceJam, a Denver-based international education organization whose mission is to create young leaders committed to positive change.

In 1974, after training as an architect and sculptor and working as a teacher, Pérez Esquivel devoted himself to building nonviolent movements for change in Latin America and particularly in Argentina, which was in the midst of great political unrest. Among other efforts, Pérez Esquivel initiated an international campaign to persuade the United Nations to establish a Human Rights Commission. He was jailed on multiple occasions and tortured for his outspokenness against the atrocities of political dictators who sought to silence those regarded as ideological and political threats. In 1980, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in defense of human rights.

“Pérez Esquivel had no special powers – no advantage over most in life. He’s simply someone whose sheer dedication to defending human rights, particularly the most vulnerable among society, managed to bring about real change,” said Paul Alexander, director of the Institute on the Common Good. “We can all benefit from his message – that a more just and peaceful world is very much possible if each of us does our part.”

Pérez Esquivel continues his work as an activist today with the non-governmental organization he founded in 1974, Servicio Paz y Justicia, which coordinates nonviolent movements in Latin America.

Regis University’s Institute on the Common Good, established in 1998, serves the community at large by promoting the common good and providing a safe and effective space for community dialogue, discernment and democratic deliberation. It operates under the simple theory that through dialogue and trust building, major social change can occur.

To learn more about Pérez Esquivel or the institute’s spring line-up of Nobel laureate speakers, visit www.regis.edu/icgregis.

Where: Regis University, North Denver (Lowell) Campus, 3333 Regis Blvd., Denver, CO 80221

When: Friday, March 21, 2014 — 6:30 p.m. St. John Francis Regis Chapel, 3333 Regis Blvd. See campus map.

Contacts: Paul Alexander, director, Institute on the Common Good, 303.458.4336, palexand@regis.edu; Cindy Matthews, communications director, 303.964.6385, cmatthews@regis.edu