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April 17, 2007

Northern Ireland Discussed At April 23 Foreign Relations Council Lecture

Sir Brian Mawhinney, member of the British House of Lords and former University of Iowa assistant professor, will speak on "Managing Political Change in Northern Ireland" at a luncheon of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) at noon Monday, April 23, at the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

Mawhinney's remarks will begin at approximately 12:15 p.m.

Mawhinney is the author of "In the Firing Line: Politics, Faith, Power and Forgiveness," and is co-author of "Conflict and Christianity in Northern Ireland." Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Mawhinney earned his master's degree at the University of Michigan and his doctorate from the University of London in radiation biology. He was an assistant professor of radiation research at the UI from 1968 to 1970 and a lecturer at the University of London from 1979 to 1984.

Mawhinney was a member of the British House of Commons from 1979 to 2005, and he has been a member of the House of Lords since then. He also served as the Northern Ireland Office Minister of the State as well as other cabinet positions. Mawhinney was chairman of the Conservative Party from 1995 to 1997 and was then knighted for political services.

Since 2003 he has served as chairman of the Football League, consisting of 72 professional English soccer teams.

This program is sponsored by M.C. Ginsberg and Prairie Lights Books and will be catered by The Cottage. For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM 910 will carry the program at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 29, on Iowa Public Radio.

Reservation forms with a check can be sent to: ICFRC, 1111 University Capitol Centre, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242-5500. Reservations are $7.50 for members and $8.50 for non-members. The deadline to register is noon Thursday, April 19.

For more information on these programs, the ICFRC, or special accommodations to attend this lecture, contact Thomas Baldridge at 319-384-2260 or Marianne Weiss at 319-335-0351.

ICFRC is a non-profit association of community and university people interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy, world affairs and current global issues impacting world societies. The group provides members with the opportunity to hear more than 35 experts per year who visit the UI campus and the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area.

ICFRC is a part of International Programs, which enables University of Iowa students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity, and give all university constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the Office of the Provost.

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

CONTACTS: Media: Joe Nugent, 319-335-2026,; Program: Marianne Weiss, 319-335-0351,; Writer: Erin Vaughn.