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Oct. 8, 2003

Irish Writer Discusses 'Talking To Terrorists' At Oct. 13 International Mondays

Paddy Woodworth, an Irish writer and a participant in The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP), will speak about "Talking to Terrorists: Is Ireland a better model for U.S. foreign policy than Iraq?" on Monday, Oct. 13. This lecture, part of the International Mondays series, will be from noon to 1.p.m. in the International Center Lounge and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Woodworth will contrast both the Irish peace process as well as the approach of the current "international war on terrorism." He believes that while Al Qaeda is very different from the Irish Republican Army, a lesson might be learned from Ireland. "Conflicts are best resolved by seeking out their root causes, and negotiating when the time is right, rather than a strategy of belligerence and confrontation," Woodworth said.

Woodworth has written extensively for the Irish Times, where he was a staff journalist from 1988 to 2002. He has also worked for numerous other publications as well as in radio and television. His first full-length book, Dirty War, Clean Hands, published in 2001, is a study of terrorism and state terrorism in contemporary Spain. It was a best seller in Ireland and well reviewed internationally.

Born in Co Wicklow, Ireland, Woodworth graduated with an honors degree in English language and literature from Trinity College in Dublin. He is currently working as a freelance writer on several projects including reworking his short story, "Striking Hours," as a novel and contributing a chapter to the London School of Economics forthcoming book, "The Politics of Contemporary Spain."

For more information on this lecture or International Mondays, contact Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator, at 319-335-0345.

The International Mondays series is sponsored by UI International Programs and the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. The lectures are usually from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday in the International Center Lounge or other locations on campus throughout the academic year with the exception of holidays and breaks.

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345; Writer: Kent Nguyen