Past Features

October 11, 2005 (Vol. 2, No. 3)

Lehman Celebrates U.N.'s 60th Anniversary Oct. 22

Provisional Headquarters for United Nations at 1946

Retired women's rights champion Margaret Bruce will revisit the Lehman campus to speak at the College's celebration of the United Nations' sixtieth anniversary on Sunday, October 22, from 2-4 p.m., in Room 330 of the Music Building. For five months in the spring and summer of 1946, the Lehman campus was home to Bruce while the U.N.'s permanent headquarters were being constructed on the banks of the East River. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required.

Sponsored by the Political Science Department, the Model U.N. club at Lehman and the Bronx Chapter of the U.N. Association, the event will also feature talks by Lehman Political Science Professors Tomohisa Hattori, who will discuss the success of the decolonization movement, and Jeannette Graulau, who will talk about the U.N. Millennium Goals. Also speaking will be Kenneth Mercer, executive director of the Edenwald-Gun Hill Neighborhood Center, who will discuss the nexus between local and global issues. Anita Oneater Sinclair, president of the Bronx Chapter of the U.N. Association, will moderate the afternoon discussions.

Bruce joined the U.N. staff in London in 1945 during the meetings that led up to the first general assembly. Her duties included serving as Secretary of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, and she worked with Eleanor Roosevelt during the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

During her 32-year-career, she dedicated herself to working on human rights and women's issues. In 1975 she organized the first Conference on Women in Mexico. In 1978, she was inducted into the Order of the British Empire by the government of the United Kingdom.

Light snacks and refreshments will be served. For reservations, call Mrs. Anita Oneater Sinclair at (718) 798-5251, or e-mail