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Loyola hosts international peace activist Lord John Alderdice for President's Forum

March 28, 2008

House of Lords member, Dr. John Alderdice, will share lessons from countries around the world about restructuring police forces in divided communities during Loyola University New Orleans President’s Forum on Wednesday, April 2 at 7 p.m. The event entitled, “To Protect and Serve: How police departments affect the well-being of communities,” is free and open to the public and will be held in Nunemaker Auditorium located in Monroe Hall on Loyola’s main campus.

Alderdice will discuss the importance of fair and even-handed policing in developing strong community relations, and will focus on the New Olreans Police Department and its interaction with the local community.

Alderdice was appointed by British Prime Minister Tony Blair as the founding speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, which was established as a result of the Belfast Peace Accord of 2000. He was among the negotiators with whom former Senator George Mitchell worked to bring about the historic agreement that ended 30 years of political violence in Northern Ireland. As a result of his peace-making service, Blair appointed Alderdice to the House of Lords at the end of his term as speaker. Alderdice is also president of Liberal International, the world federation of liberal and progressive democratic political parties.

Loyola’s President’s Forums seek to explore and discuss some of the most compelling contemporary issues facing us today. Featuring internationally recognized scholars, the forum’s goal is to develop a dialogue with the larger community that helps us deepen our understanding and challenge us to move toward a more just and enlightened society.

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