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Release: April 25, 2000


News conference is scheduled for 1998 Nobel Peace Prize recipient John Hume

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- John Hume, co-recipient of the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize, will talk with members of the media at The Levitt Center for University Advancement in the Morse Board Room (Fourth Floor), from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Friday, April 28.

The media will be allowed to park at City Park, just north of the Levitt Center. Parking is free; no placards will be needed.

Hume helped broker the Good Friday peace agreement between Northern Ireland's Protestants and Catholics in April 1998, which has since led to a first-ever multi-party British and Irish government. He will speak to a public audience at 4 p.m. Friday at Macbride Hall Auditorium on "The Struggle for Peace in Northern Ireland."

His free and public talk will effectively end the year-long Global Focus Human Rights '98 program, started in 1998 and organized in large part by UI College of Law Emeritus Professor Burns Weston. Weston and the UI College of Law had arranged Hume's visit in April 1998, but Hume was forced to cancel when peace talks in Northern Ireland broke down.

Since then, Weston has continued to promote human rights by helping to found the new UI Center for Human Rights, of which U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Ia.) is an honorary executive council member, and a figure who also helped arrange Hume's visit to Iowa City. Harkin is to introduce Hume, his longtime friend.

Hume shared the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize award with David Trimble, leader of the Ulster Unionists since 1995, and major architect of Good Friday peace accord. Hume has led Northern Ireland's main Catholic party, the Social Democratic and Labor Party since 1979. He has been an outspoken champion of non-violent solutions to the vexing political, social, and religious issues that have divided Northern Ireland for a number of decades.