TWU professor brings Northern Ireland politician and police chief to share insights with BC community

Langley, British Columbia—At a time when peace is scarce in many parts of the world, Craig Seaton, PhD, director of the Irish Studies Program at Trinity Western University, will bring those who have played key roles in the peace process in Northern Ireland to share their insights with B.C.’s Lower Mainland community. Wrapping up TWU’s 2001-2002 Irish Studies lecture series, the public is invited to hear Donovan McClelland, deputy speaker in the Northern Ireland Assembly speak at TWU on March 7, and Sir Ronnie Flanagan, police chief of the Northern Ireland Police Service speak on March 28.

“As events have changed, Northern Ireland has become a uniquely accessible vehicle for learning,” says Seaton, whose students studying the peace and reconciliation process in Ireland and Northern Ireland last summer met with both McClelland and Flanagan.

The students’ visit with Flanagan was the first that Seaton has been able to arrange in the ten years that he has taken students to study in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

“The meeting had an incredible impact on students,” says Seaton. “Flanagan has served in every command area of the police at one time or another, and he’s a very articulate and impressive speaker. What came across the most is his enormous empathy for people.”

Flanagan will speak on counter-terrorism, police reform and community involvement in Northern Ireland on his March 28 visit, while McClelland will speak on power sharing and the parliamentary process in Northern Ireland on March 7. McClelland will make his presentation in the Northwest Auditorium on TWU’s campus and Flanagan in Block Hall in the Neufeld Science Centre, both at 7:30 p.m. A reception with the speakers will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall of the Reimer Student Centre. The public are invited to attend both the presentation and the reception, which are free of charge.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a privately funded Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,000 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 34 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

Last Updated: 2007-09-26