University of Idaho - I Banner
students walk on University of Idaho campus

Visit U of I

Learn about the many reasons the University of Idaho could be a perfect fit for you. Schedule Your Visit

Parents on campus during orientation

Homecoming Oct. 1-7

Join other Vandal families for a week of celebration and Vandal traditions. View Calendar

campus full of students

U of I Retirees Association

UIRA has a membership of nearly 500 from every part of the University. Learn More

Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Shirin Ebadi Headlines 70th Borah Symposium

September 25, 2017

This year’s Borah Symposium, a program devoted to understanding the causes of war and the conditions for establishing a lasting peace, is Oct. 16-17 on the University of Idaho campus. The annual event moves to the fall this year as it celebrates its 70th anniversary.


“This 70th anniversary Borah Symposium provides an opportunity for people to grow a hopeful perspective on the prospects for peace leadership in an increasingly tense world,” said Steven Daley-Laursen, co-chair of the Borah Committee. “We can be inspired by historical partnerships that launched an international effort to outlaw war, and by emerging leaders and leadership process for peace in our future.”


The symposium begins with the keynote address, “The Role of Women in World Peace,” by Nobel Peace Prize winner and human rights activist Shirin Ebadi at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16 in the International Ballroom in the Bruce M. Pitman Center.


Ebadi is a former chief magistrate of 26th Divisional Court in Tehran. In 1979, immediately after the Islamic revolution in Iran, all female judges were dismissed as the then-revolutionaries believed that women were forbidden from passing judgment. She was demoted to the post of a magistrate's clerk in the very same court over which she once presided. Soon after, she opted for early retirement and became a defense lawyer for many controversial political and human rights cases in Iran. Ebadi won the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize for her work.


The symposium continues on Tuesday, Oct. 17, with a presentation by Leroy Ashby, a Regents professor emeritus at Washington State University and biographer of William E. Borah. Ashby will present the “The Life and Times of William Edgar Borah” at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the International Ballroom.


The symposium concludes with the presentation “The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World” by Scott Shapiro, the Charles F. Southmayd professor of law and professor of philosophy at Yale Law School. Shapiro and his colleague Oona Hathaway recently published the New York Times bestseller of the same title, which offers a history of international law as it has evolved from the 17th century through the present. The presentation is at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the International Ballroom.


All events are free and open to the public.


The 70th anniversary of the Borah Symposium is sponsored by the William Edgar Borah Outlawry of War Foundation, a separately endowed foundation operated out of the UI’s Martin Institute in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences


A full schedule of events for the 70th anniversary Borah Symposium is available at

Media Contact:

Romuald Afatchao

Associate Director, Martin Institute and Program in International Studies


About the University of Idaho

The University of Idaho, home of the Vandals, is Idaho’s land-grant, national research university. From its residential campus in Moscow, U of I serves the state of Idaho through educational centers in Boise, Coeur d’Alene and Idaho Falls, a research and Extension center in Twin Falls, plus Extension offices in 42 counties. Home to more than 12,000 students statewide, U of I is a leader in student-centered learning and excels at interdisciplinary research, service to businesses and communities, and in advancing diversity, citizenship and global outreach. U of I competes in the Big Sky Conference. Learn more: