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Senator George J. Mitchell presents the Rudin Lecture

  • Date
    Mon, Apr 22

    5:30 PM — 6:30 PM


    Shepard Hall
    W. 138th Street and Convent Avenue

    Shepard Hall, Great Hall

    p: 212.650.7125


  • Event Details

    Senator George J. Mitchell presents The Samuel Rudin Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture

    George J. Mitchell was a United States Senator from Maine from 1980 to 1995 and was Senate Majority Leader from 1989 to 1995. While in the Senate, Mitchell served on the Finance, Veterans Affairs, and Environment and Public Works Committees. He led the successful 1990 reauthorization of the Clean Air Act, including new controls on acid rain toxins. He was the author of the first national oil spill prevention and cleanup law.
    In addition, Mitchell's efforts led to the passage of a higher education bill that expanded opportunities for millions of Americans.

    After retiring from the Senate, Mitchell has taken a leading role in negotiations for peace in Northern Ireland and the Middle East, being specifically appointed United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland (1995-2001) by President Clinton and as United States Special Envoy for Middle East Peace (2009-2011) by President Obama. He was a primary architect of the 1996 Mitchell Principles and the 1998 Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland, and was the main investigator in two "Mitchell Reports", one on the Arab–Israeli conflict (2001) and one on the use of performance enhancing drugs in baseball (2007).

    For his service in Northern Ireland, Senator Mitchell received numerous awards and honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Philadelphia Liberty Medal; the Truman Institute Peace Prize; and the United Nations (UNESCO) Peace Prize.

    Senator Mitchell served as Chairman of the global board of the law firm DLA Piper, Chairman of the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company and a member of the board of the Boston Red Sox.  He also served for ten years as the Chancellor of Queen’s University of Northern Ireland; as President of the Economic Club of Washington; and as Chairman of the International Crisis Group.

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