Distinguished diplomat, humanitarian to give Feb. 15 lecture at UT Arlington

News Release — 19 January 2011


Media contact: Bridget Lewis, (817) 272-3317, Blewis@uta.edu

ARLINGTON - John J. Maresca has spent his career encouraging peace, promoting corporate social responsibility and helping teach others about sustainable development. Now, the distinguished educator, diplomat and humanitarian will deliver a timely lecture at The University of Texas at Arlington. His topic: Education for the world of tomorrow.

John Maresca

John Maresca

Maresca will visit daytime classes at UT Arlington on Tuesday, Feb. 15. At 7 p.m. that evening, he will speak in the Lone Star Auditorium of the Maverick Activities Center, 500 W. Nedderman Dr.

Since 2007, Maresca has served as Rector of the University for Peace, a United Nations mandated institution based in San José, Costa Rica. The University’s mission is the education of worldwide peace and conflict studies. The University’s ultimate goal is to reduce prejudice, hatred and terrorism.

Maresca previously served as president of the Business Humanitarian Forum, a worldwide nonprofit association based in Geneva, which encourages private sector support for humanitarian work in post-conflict and very poor countries of Asia, Africa and southeastern Europe.

During his diplomatic career, Maresca served as the United States representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, or OSCE. He was chairman of the delegation that negotiated the 1990 Charter of Paris for a New Europe and the Joint Declaration of Twenty-Two States, the two documents that formally ended the Cold War and converted the OSCE to a post-Cold War role.

Maresca was sent as a Special Envoy to open U.S. relations with the newly independent states from the former Soviet Union and served as an Assistant Secretary of Defense. 

“We are thrilled that we shall be able to host John Maresca,” said Beth Wright, dean of UT Arlington’s College of Liberal Arts. “Our strength in international relations and research made it possible for us to have him give an address.”

On the University for Peace website, Maresca writes: “Every country, every community, needs leaders for peace. We are helping to prepare such leaders, who can take their places at every level of society, and in every walk of life.”

Maresca’s lecture at UT Arlington is free and open to the public. Visit www.uta.edu/maps/ for directions to the Maverick Activities Center.

The lecture is part of the Festival of Ideas, which  began in 2005 with a generous donation by UT Arlington alumnus Mustaque Ahmed (’81). In 2007 that support grew into an endowment that would guarantee the continuity of the Festival events. It also provides a venue for research into the world’s significant culture and intellectual issues, integrating the scholarship and creative activity of UT Arlington’s faculty and graduate students with the insights gained from presentations by world-renowned experts who visit the UT Arlington campus.

For more about UT Arlington's College of Liberal Arts, visit http://www.uta.edu/libarts/.

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive undergraduate and graduate research institution of nearly 33,000 students in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.


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