Cummings Peace Lecture

Former University professor Dr. Tracy Fitzsimmons to speak on Haiti.

The annual Cummings Peace Lecture at the University of Redlands is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8 at in the Frederick Lowe Performance Hall. Dr. Tracy Fitzsimmons, president of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., will speak on “Haiti: Its Past, Present, and Future.”

Fitzsimmons was invited to speak at the University by Chaplain John Walsh because of her experience and expertise in Haiti.

After the devastating January 2010 earthquake that hit the country, Fitzsimmons started a special program called Bricks and Books: Shenandoah University Partners to Rebuild Haiti. This program specifically works to rebuild College Catherine Flon, a K-12 school in Port-au-Prince severely damaged by the earthquake.

Fitzsimmons completed her undergraduate work in politics at Princeton University and took two politics courses under Walsh, who was teaching there at the time. She then received her PhD from Stanford University and went on to the University of Redlands as a professor of government from 1995-2001.

She moved to Shenandoah University in 2001 as the dean of the college and was quickly appointed vice president for academic affairs in 2002. In 2007, she was appointed president-elect and in the fall of 2008, was inaugurated as the youngest president of Shenandoah, and the youngest president of any college or university in the state.

The Oliver deWolf ‘21 and Edith M. Cummings Lecture on World Peace began in 1990 and is made possible by a gift from the estate of deWolf and Cummings. The annual lecture, now in its 22nd year, is designed to explore topics relating to peace and reconciliation on a national and global scale.


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