St Paul-- Political scientist Timothy J. Whitewill present “Lessons from the Northern Ireland Peace Process,” a lecture based on his recent book of the same name published by the University of Wisconsin Press in 2013, at noon, Friday October 3, in O’Shaughnessy Education Center auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.


The lecture is presented by the university’s Center for Irish Studies, and co-sponsored by the departments of Political Science, Theology, and Justice and Peace Studies.

 This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the ceasefires that proved essential to the ultimate success of the Northern Irish peace process, which culminated with the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. “Peace processes are journeys,” White has written, “and it takes time for parties to forget enough of the past to envision a different future.”

 White believes there are at least eight clear takeaways from the Northern Irish experience. These include being as inclusive as possible in organizing negotiations; guaranteeing security for all invited parties; and holding to a strategy of supporting moderates and marginalizing spoilers.  The success of the peace process in Northern Ireland, though unique in may particulars, has nonetheless “let Americans and others to believe they can play a positive role in mediating seemingly intractable conflicts in other parts of the world,” according to White.

 A professor of political science at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Timothy White is the author of more than forty-five scholarly articles and book chapters on politics in the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland, in such publications as New Hibernia ReviewIrish Journal of SociologyIrish Studies in International Affairs, Éire-Ireland, International Studies Perspectives,  and Peace Review.   He has won grants from the Irish American Cultural Institute, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Foundation, the Moore Institute of the National University of Ireland-Galway, and the Political Studies Association of Ireland and others.  White has been named by the Irish Voice as one of the top 100 Irish educators in the United States and has been nominated for the Carnegie National Teacher of the Year Award. 

For more information, please contact Jim Rogers, director of the Center for Irish Studies, (651) 962-5662, or send electronic mail to jrogers@stthomas.edu.



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