George J. Mitchell to Speak on Middle East Policy at UMass Boston

McCormack Graduate School | April 19, 2012
George J. Mitchell to Speak on Middle East Policy at UMass Boston

Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell will visit the University of Massachusetts Boston Tuesday at 10 a.m. to discuss “Turmoil in the Middle East and its Effect on U.S. Policy.”  The talk is part of the Sylvia and Benjamin Slomoff Lecture in Conflict Resolution. The event is free and open to the public.

Senator Mitchell has had a distinguished career in public service both in the U.S. and on the international stage. Serving as a U.S. Senator from Maine from 1980 to 1995, Mitchell has been active in public service ever since his retirement from lawmaking, most recently serving as the Obama administration’s special envoy for Middle East peace. He also served as a lead author on the 2011 Mitchell Report on Arab-Israeli matters. In 2008, Time Magazine named Mitchell one of the 100 most influential persons in the world.

He was also appointed special advisor to President Bill Clinton on Ireland, and from 1996 to 2000, he served as the independent chairman of the Northern Ireland peace talks.  Under Mitchell’s leadership, the Good Friday Agreement, a historic accord ending decades of conflict, was agreed to by the governments of Ireland and the United Kingdom and the political parties of Northern Ireland. For his service in Northern Ireland, he received numerous awards and honors, including the United Nations (UNESCO) Peace Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor given by the U.S. government.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 10 a.m.
George Mitchell: “Turmoil in the Middle East and its Effect on U.S. Policy”
UMass Boston’s Campus Center, 3rd floor, Ballroom A

The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance at the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies.

“Thanks to the generous funding of our alumnus Ben Slomoff, we are most honored to bring Senator George Mitchell to UMass Boston," said Connie Chan, acting dean of the McCormack Graduate School. "His vast experience in international conflict resolution will bring real-life examples to our classroom discussions on policy and global studies.”

The Annual Sylvia and Benjamin Slomoff Lecture in Conflict Resolution is made possible by gifts from Ben Slomoff, who earned a master’s degree in conflict resolution here in 1997.  Although Slomoff  is in his nineties, he still volunteers for conflict resolution cases in a local court near his California home. 

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