The Distinctive Lecture is a quarterly, open lecture about important subjects within local, regional, and national public-interest issues. The lecture is presented by invited specialist researchers, experts, government leaders, politicians, or civil community activists – whether Sudanese or from abroad. After the lecture, the audience is given an opportunity to participate. In addition, the Peace Institute publishes the text of the lecture after it has taken place.
Much like the Policy Debates, the Distinctive Lecture also aims to encourage free critical thought, and to connect the University with society’s leaders andintellectual pioneers. It seeks to be a source of knowledge for progressive decision-making at community, regional, and national spheres. Finally, it seeks to establish an intellectual tradition of free thought, and open-mindedness.
Full Text of President Mbeki's Lecture
Lectures and Dialogue Debates :
The Peace Institute has hosted a series of lectures and dialogue debates, including:
- The lecture, "Sudan and United States Foreign Policy," presented by Professor Robert Mead, American Foreign Policy Council advisor.
- The lecture, "Historical and Strategic Vision of the Darfur Conflict," by Professor Shawn Ohavi, an expert in Darfur history and sociology.
- The lecture "The Police and the Public and peace," presented by Dr. Al-Tayeb Haj Attia and Dr. Dominique Whistler, chaired by the ministry of the Interior.
- The lecture "U.S. Policy toward Sudan," by Mr. Robert Zoellick, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State.
- A dialogue between the Ethiopian President Meles Zenawi and Sudanese university professors.
- An open meeting between Mr. Jan Pronk, Chief of the United Nations Mission in Sudan with Sudanese university professors.
- The lecture on the International Criminal Court by a former German Minister of Justice.
- A meeting between Mr. Ashraf Qadhi, Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General in Sudan, and Sudanese academics and media correspondents.
- A meeting between Mr. Thabo Mbeki, President of the Commission of African Elders, and Sudanese academics and the media.
- A panel discussion, "The Globalization of Darfur: How a Forgotten Conflict Became a Global Cause Célèbre," by Mr. David Lanz of the Swisspeace Institute, Geneva.