U.N. Committee
New Canaan

Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF, to Deliver the 7th Annual Anita Houston Memorial Lecture at New Canaan Library


“The United Nations and Children:  Investing in the Next Generation”


New Canaan, CT – The UN Committee of New Canaan and New Canaan Library are co-sponsoring the 7th annual Anita Houston Memorial Lecture on Sunday, November 24 at 2 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room of the Library featuring Anthony Lake, Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and a former resident.

Mr. Lake will speak on The United Nations and Children:  Investing in the Next Generation.” The Anita Houston Memorial Lecture is co-sponsored by the Library and the UN Committee of New Canaan. The event will take place. Early registration is recommended, as space is limited. A $10 donation is suggested.

Lake, who grew up in New Canaan, has served as the sixth Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund since May 2010. He brings to the position more than 45 years of public service. He has been a foreign policy advisor to many democratic U. S. presidents and presidential candidates, including President Obama, and ne served as National Security Advisor Under U.S. President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997.

From 1998 to 2007 he served on the Board of the US Fund for UNICEF, with a term as Chair from 2004 to 2007, after which he was appointed a permanent honorary member.

Houston worked on behalf of the United Nations over a 50-year period as New Canaan's "ambassador to the world", providing hospitality for hundreds of UN delegates. She was honorary chair and member of the local UN Committee, as well as head of the UN Study Group of New Canaan.

The United Nations Committee of New Canaan endeavors to broaden the community's awareness of U.S. foreign policy and international relations, and calls attention to the need for U.S. leadership in the various peacekeeping and humanitarian activities of the UN.

Early registration is recommended, as space is limited.  A $10 donation is suggested.

Thursday, October 24th, was United Nations Flag Day. On that brisk morning members of the United Nations Committee
of New Canaan, captains of the New Canaan High School Model UN Club, Andrew Penchuk, Danny Konstantinovic, and Juan-Pablo Rivera and New Canaan Selectman, Beth Jones, attended the flag raising at Town Hall. Beth Jones read a proclamation from New Canaan First Selectman Robert E. Mallozzi.


A Conversation with


author of

Zealot: The Life and Times

of Jesus of Nazareth




The United Nations Committee of New Canaan and New Canaan Library were pleased to present

Dr. Reza Aslan as guest speaker for a United Nations Committee lecture on Sunday September 22, 2013.


Reza Aslan is an internationally acclaimed writer and a scholar of religions, who has recently appeared on several major media outlets to discuss his new book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.


The lecture took place in the Seldin Performing Arts Center at St. Lukes School, 377 North Wilton Road, New Canaan and will be carried on Channel 79.


"Reza Aslan was born May 3, 1972, is an Iranian-American writer and scholar of religions. He is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside, a Research Associate at the University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy, and a contributing editor for The Daily Beast. His books include the international bestsellerNo god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam (also available in a teen edition with a glossary of key Islamic terms, a map of the Arabian Peninsula, and a chronology of key events in the Muslim world from 570 from 2001), which has been translated into 13 languages, and Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, which offers an interpretation of the life and mission of the historical Jesus.

Aslan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in religions from Santa Clara University, a Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop, where he was named the Truman Capote Fellow in Fiction. Aslan also received a Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology, focusing in the history of religion, from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  His dissertation was titled "Global Jihadism as a Transnational Social Movement: A Theoretical Framework."

He is the founder of AslanMedia.com, an online journal, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  He is also on the Board of the Plowshares Fund which gives grants for peace and security issues."

The United Nations Committee of New Canaan began in 1952 in response to President Eisenhower's appeal to local communities to honor the US-UN relationship annually on the day in October when the UN was formed (in 1945). The Committee has recognized this date annually, engaged throughout the year in various activities which highlight international issues and encourage international understanding. A recent example is the Committee's Aid Afghanistan School Project, which was dedicated to funding the start-up of two schools in northeastern Afghanistan offering a two-year "catch-up" curriculum to Afghan girls denied access to education during the Taliban rule. Prior to that effort, the Committee raised the funds necessary to clear land mines from a Cambodian village.

The Committee was led for years by Anita Houston, often referred to as New Canaan's "Ambassador to the World", devoted as she was to the United Nations and to international understanding.  In memory of her abiding interest in international issues challenging both the United States and the United Nations, the Committee has established, with the aid and support of the Houston family, a lecture in her name to be held annually on or close to October 24th, or UN Day.

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