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Friday Seminar Series: Bringing Peace to Northern Ireland
Start Date: 2/27/2015Start Time: 3:00 PM
End Date: 2/27/2015End Time: 5:00 PM
Event Description:

Bringing Peace to Northern Ireland with John Thomas Alderdice; Baron Alderdice

February 27, 2015
New Building, L2.84

​We are especially honored to have Lord Alderdice as our guest on February 27th. He was one of the leading figures in the peace process in Northern Ireland and is widely recognized for his role in turning a land filled with anguish and violence into a complex but mostly nonviolent society. Since his work in Northern Ireland, Lord Alderdice has assumed a post at Oxford University as a Research Associate in the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography as well as a Research Associate in the Department of Politics and International Relations. Lord Alderdice also serves as the Director of the Center for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict (CRIC), which has been newly established at Harris Manchester College.

Lord Alderdice received his education from Ballymena Academy in Northern Ireland and went on to study medicine at Queen’s University in Belfast. He is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in London. Lord Alderdice has been a member of the Alliance Party since 1978 after which he became and Alliance Party leader in 1987. He was elected to Belfast City Council in 1989 and in 1988 he was appointed as Ireland’s first consultant psychotherapist. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Queens University and holds and Honorary Chair in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of San Marcos, Lima. Lord Alderdice founded the Northern Ireland Institute of Human Relations and from 1993-1997, served as Executive Medical Director of one of Northern Ireland’s largest health care trusts. In 1999 he was awarded the Medal of Excellence from the College of Physicians of Peru, for his work in the field of psychoanalysis and conflict resolution. He has served as Vice-President of Liberal International and became Chair of its Committee on Human Rights in 1999 after which he was elected Deputy President in 2000. Lord Alderdice was also appointed as Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1998 and held the office until 2004. In 2003 he was appointed a Member of the Independent Monitoring Commission. He is currently Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Policy Committee on Northern Ireland and Convener of the Liberal Democrat Peers. Lord Alderdice has been awarded several honors including; the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Aware in 1998; the W. Averell Harriman Democracy Aware in 1998; the Silver Medal of Congress of Peru in 1999 and 2004, the Medal of Honor, College of Medicine of Peru 1999, and the Freedom of the City of Baltimore in 1991.
Location Information:
New Building
59th Street and Eleventh Avenue
New York, NY

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