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Former U.S. Senator George Mitchell to address "America's Role in the World" Sept. 29 at Dartmouth

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 09/26/08 • Media Contact: Sarah Gomez • (603) 646-3661 

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George Mitchell
Former U.S. Senator George Mitchell

The Dartmouth Centers Forum (DCF) will present a Dickey Center Great Issues Lecture by former U.S. Senator George Mitchell on Monday, Sept. 29, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Hopkins Center's Spaulding Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Mitchell's talk, "America's Role in the World," is one of a year-long series of events on the theme of "Conflict and Reconciliation." This year's series will address such questions as: Are there universal processes of reconciliation? Are there conflicts that cannot be resolved? What innovative methods can be employed to reach reconciliation?

"In today's world, we certainly need a great deal of reconciliation," said Kenneth Yalowitz, director of the Dickey Center for International Understanding and chair of this year's centers forum. Yalowitz is a former U.S. Ambassador to Georgia. "Senator Mitchell will be speaking about the United States' role in the world and in particular in the work that he did in Northern Ireland to help end hostilities and bloodshed."

Mitchell served in the US Senate from 1980 to 1995, retiring as the majority leader. In 1996, the United Kingdom and Irish governments asked Mitchell to chair peace negotiations in Northern Ireland. He led negotiations for two years, achieving a historic accord that ended decades of conflict.

Mitchell has received numerous awards and honors recognizing his service in peace talks. These include the Presidential Medal of Freedom; the Philadelphia Liberty Medal; the Truman Institute Peace Prize; the German (Hesse) Peace Prize; and the United Nations (UNESCO) Peace Prize. In 2008, Time magazine included him on its list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Mitchell is currently a partner and chairman of the Global Board of the law firm DLA Piper.

Mitchell's appearance is made possible by the Dickey Center for International Understanding and a gift from Katherine and David DeWilde '62.

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