CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: April 25, 2000
News conference is scheduled for 1998 Nobel Peace Prize recipient John
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- John Hume, co-recipient of the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize,
will talk with members of the media at The Levitt Center for University Advancement
in the Morse Board Room (Fourth Floor), from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Friday,
The media will be allowed to park at City Park, just north of the Levitt
Center. Parking is free; no placards will be needed.
Hume helped broker the Good Friday peace agreement between Northern Ireland's
Protestants and Catholics in April 1998, which has since led to a first-ever
multi-party British and Irish government. He will speak to a public audience
at 4 p.m. Friday at Macbride Hall Auditorium on "The Struggle for Peace
in Northern Ireland."
His free and public talk will effectively end the year-long Global Focus
Human Rights '98 program, started in 1998 and organized in large part by UI
College of Law Emeritus Professor Burns Weston. Weston and the UI College
of Law had arranged Hume's visit in April 1998, but Hume was forced to cancel
when peace talks in Northern Ireland broke down.
Since then, Weston has continued to promote human rights by helping to found
the new UI Center for Human Rights, of which U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Ia.)
is an honorary executive council member, and a figure who also helped arrange
Hume's visit to Iowa City. Harkin is to introduce Hume, his longtime friend.
Hume shared the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize award with David Trimble, leader
of the Ulster Unionists since 1995, and major architect of Good Friday peace
accord. Hume has led Northern Ireland's main Catholic party, the Social Democratic
and Labor Party since 1979. He has been an outspoken champion of non-violent
solutions to the vexing political, social, and religious issues that have
divided Northern Ireland for a number of decades.