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President Michael D. Higgins to deliver the annual Harri Holkeri Lecture at Queen’s

President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins will deliver the Sixth Annual Harri Holkeri Lecture at Queen’s University Belfast, organised by the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice.

President Michael D. Higgins

Acting Director of the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen’s, Professor John Brewer said: “The Annual Harri Holkeri Lecture is one of the significant events in the calendar of the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute and there is no public figure more prominent this year to grace the Lecture than President Higgins.

“Coming in the year of the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement and at a time of political uncertainty in Europe, there is much to be said that honours the peacebuilding efforts of the late former Finnish Prime Minister and statesman, Harri Holkeri. President Higgins is a thoughtful and incisive speaker and we have much to learn from his lecture.”

The Harri Holkeri Lecture Series recognises and celebrates the contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process of the late Finnish Prime Minister Harri Holkeri. Holkeri’s aspiration to transform conflict and promote social justice in Northern Ireland and across the world is shared by the Institute.

WHEN: 11.30am - 12.30pmTuesday 29 May 2018.

WHERE: Lecture Theatre OG/007, Peter Froggatt Centre, Queen's University Belfast

The lecture is open to the public and free to attend.

Registration is required. To register for the event via eventbrite, please click here.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


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