September 13, 2017
Former U.S. Senator from Maine George J. Mitchell served as the featured speaker at the eighth Annual George and Barbara Bush Distinguished Lecture on September 12 at 5 p.m. in UNE’s Harold Alfond Forum on the Biddeford Campus. Mitchell’s lecture was titled “Challenges Facing the U.S., at Home and Abroad.” The event was free and open to the public.
Mitchell has had a long and distinguished career, serving for several years as a federal judge before being elected to the U.S. Senate, where he served from 1980 to 1995. From 1989 to 1995, he held the position of Senate Majority Leader. Mitchell received the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his role as chairman of peace negotiations in the Northern Ireland peace agreement. Most recently, he has served as U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East.
TIME magazine has described Mitchell as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He has authored five books. His most recent books are a memoir, titled The Negotiator: Reflections on an American Life (May, 2015) and A Path to Peace (November, 2016).
Mitchell’s Bush Lecture marked a return to the UNE podium, after speaking as part of the university’s Tangier Global Forum on the UNE Morocco Campus in May.
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