Drew University USA to honour Peace Maker Niall O’Dowd

Drew University, New Jersey will be coming to Dublin this month for the second annual Transatlantic Connections Conference, a unique event run by the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies-Irish Studies Program at Drew. Over ninety delegates from the USA, Europe, Ireland, Africa and Asia will participate in the conference. The general theme of this year’s Transatlantic Connections Conference is Peace and Conflict Resolution. This theme will be explored in literature, history, sport, arts and music, and popular culture.

To launch the week-long event, on Monday January 12th, at 7.30pm, the Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict at Drew University will present a Peace-Maker award to journalist and author Mr. Niall O’Dowd, to acknowledge his highly significant contribution to the Irish Peace Process. This event takes place at the Teacher’s Club, Parnell Square, Dublin with guest speakers.

O’Dowd led an Irish-American peace delegation to Northern Ireland after President Bill Clinton was elected. His role was featured in the book Daring Diplomacy by The Irish Times journalist Conor O’Clery and also in an RTÉ-PBS documentary entitled An Irish Voice.

He created the US Ireland Forum, a forerunner of the Diaspora forum held by the Irish government in 2009. He has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, The Irish Times and other publications. He is founder of Central.com, the Irish Voice newspaper and Irish America Magazine and was an adjunct professor of journalism at Columbia University. In much of his work worldwide, he has addressed the importance of diaspora involvement in seeking conflict resolution.

Drew Transatlantic Connections Conference delegates will spend a few days touring North-West and Northern Ireland, visiting sites associated with the Troubles and the peace process, prior to the conference, which begins on Thursday January 15th at the Atlantic Apartotel in Bundoran, County Donegal.

Photo: Drew University, USA, Transatlantic Connections Conference 2

The conference model is unique, in that the panels are open to the public, and presenters include local experts, academics, professionals and enthusiasts in a variety of cultural pursuits. As expected, Irish and Irish-American literature and history are on the agenda, but so too is Surf Culture, Skateboard Culture, Revolutionary Women, the Irish Language, Irish Food and Drink, Medical Humanities, Peace Studies, Film Studies, Creative Writing, Irish Roots Music, and Border Music.

For the full conference schedule, please go to tacc15 To book tickets for any of the events, please email drewtransatlantic@gmail.com / aoife@taccireland.com or call Niamh at 0031 87 2941232 or John at 00 31 86 2266799. The conference is supported by Drew University, The Institute of Study Abroad Ireland and Donegal County Council.

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