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Apostolic Nuncio to Deliver Fall Gannon Lecture

Apostolic Nuncio to Deliver Fall Gannon Lecture

Archbishop Nicolas Girasoli, apostolic nuncio to Zambia and Malawi, will deliver the 2009 Fall Gannon Lecture, “Minority Rights and Globalization: A Compromise Approach,” on Monday, Nov. 9, at 5:30 p.m. in the Lowenstein Center’s 12th-floor Lounge on the Lincoln Center campus. 

A widely regarded scholar, Archbishop Girasoli earned a master’s degree in moral theology and a doctoral degree in canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, in 1981 and 1985, respectively. He entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1985, and has since served in many locations around the world, including Indonesia, Australia, Hungary, Belgium, the United States and Argentina.

Archbishop Girasoli has published several studies on minority rights, including National Minorities: Who Are They? (Budapest, 1995) and Compromise and Minority Rights (Budapest, 1996). He taught at the University of Ghent, in Belgium, for four years, from 1995 to 1999, during which time he was also the advisor to the high commissioner for ethnic minorities of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

He also served as dean of the master on minority rights in Budapest from 1999 to 2000, collaborating with several European universities. 

In March 2006, Girasoli received the episcopal consecration in the Cathedral of Ruvo di Puglia. Earlier that year, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him titular archbishop of Egnazia Appula and apostolic nuncio to Zambia and Malawi.

The Gannon Lecture Series, which began in the fall of 1980, brings distinguished individuals to Fordham to deliver public lectures on topics of their expertise. Fordham alumni endowed the series to honor the Reverend Robert I. Gannon, S.J., president of Fordham University from 1936 to 1949, who was an outstanding and popular speaker.

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