Irish Ambassador to the United States to Visit SJU

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

What: Irish Ambassador to the United States H.E. Michael Collins will speak with students and faculty of Saint Joseph's University on the peace process in Ireland. The event is brought to Saint Joseph's by the Irish American Business Chamber and Network of Philadelphia.

When: Friday, Feb. 22 10 a.m.

Where: Saint Joseph's University Mandeville Hall, Wolfington Teletorium 54th Street and City Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19131

Highlights: Collins began his career as a diplomat in 1974 as Third Secretary followed by assignments in Ireland, Italy, the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Czech Republic and Ukraine. He was especially influential in the Northern Ireland peace process as Second Secretary General of the Department of Taoiseach with responsibility for International and European Union affairs. He became ambassador to the United States in 2007.

"When certain problems become entrenched over generations, it's hard to understand what solutions there are to problems such as war or violence," said Christine Hartmann, director of graduate executive programs in food marketing at Saint Joseph's University. "Collins, however, is a living example of how people can come together in an attempt to understand each other and work toward peace."

Media Contact

Carolyn Steigleman, Associate Director of University Communications,, 610-660-1355

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