in international studies honors Barber Conable
The Starr Foundation
has awarded RIT $1 million in support of the Barber B. Conable
Jr. Endowed Chair in International Studies, named in honor
of the late statesman and former World Bank president.
|The late Barber B. Conable Jr.
The Conable Chair will
be housed in RIT’s College of Liberal Arts, where it will
provide intellectual and academic leadership for the proposed
B.S. degree program in international studies slated to begin in
The New York-based
Starr Foundation was established in 1955 by Cornelius Vander
Starr, entrepreneur and founder of the American International
family of insurance and financial services companies, now known
as American International Group Inc. (AIG).
B. Conable Jr. Endowed Chair in International Studies will
ensure that Barber Conable’s legacy of principled
and innovative leadership in the national and international
arenas will be preserved for all time,” said Andrew
Moore, dean of RIT’s College of Liberal Arts.
gives us great pleasure to make this grant in honor of
Barber Conable, in recognition of his distinguished career
and his profound understanding of international affairs,” said
Florence Davis, president of The Starr Foundation.
was elected to the House of Representatives in 1964 and for
20 years represented a district in western New York that
included the counties of Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming,
and parts of Monroe. Conable served as the seventh president
of the World Bank from 1986 to 1991. He died on Nov. 30, 2003,
at age 81.
The holder of the
endowed chair will promote the ideals of global citizenship
and responsibility embodied in Conable’s achievements.
He or she also will focus expertise on how scientific
and technological advances impact societies and cultures
worldwide, providing an interdisciplinary perspective on such
issues as terrorism, international financial crises, and the
proliferation of nuclear and biological weapons.
For more information
on the Conable Chair or to contribute please contact Bill
Pritchard at 585-475-7838.