United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, who leaves office at the end of the month, will deliver his last public lecture at Southern Illinois University Carbondale on Wednesday, Dec. 21.
Ban will speak at 11:15 a.m. in the Student Center ballrooms. The event is free and open to the public, and doors will open at 10 a.m. A reception will follow in the International Lounge.
The secretary-general will talk, in part, about “What I Have Learned and Would Like to Pass On.” SIU officials suggested the topic after learning this will be his final public appearance. Co-sponsors of Ban’s visit are the Office of the Chancellor, the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, and the United Nations Association-USA Southern Illinois Chapter.
“We are honored that the secretary-general accepted our invitation,” Interim Chancellor Brad Colwell said . “I believe he did so because of our strong reputation as a national research university, our rich history of embracing international education, and the important work of the Simon Institute and the United Nations Association-USA Southern Illinois Chapter.”