Nobel Peace Prize winner from Ireland
to speak at URI's honors colloquium
KINGSTON, R.I. -- September 28, 2000 -- Mairead Corrigan Maguire, a leader
in the Northern Ireland Peace Movement, international human rights advocate,
and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, will present the sixth annual Eleanor
M. and Oscar M. Carlson Endowed Lecture, as part of the University of Rhode
Island's fall honors colloquium series, "Nonviolence: Legacies of the
Past, Bridges to the Future." Maguire, who will receive an honorary
degree from URI, will speak about "Hope for Northern Ireland and the
She will speak in Edwards Auditorium on URI's Kingston Campus, Oct.
10 from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
When Maguire's nephews and niece were killed in a tragic car accident
caused by an act of senseless violence, it inspired her to take a leading
role in the Northern Ireland Peace Movement. She had a key role in organizing
more than a half a million people in peace marches and demonstrations throughout
the United Kingdom. These demonstrations were the largest ever in Ireland's
history. That same year, she also co-founded the Community of the Peace
People to carry out the initiatives developed during these rallies.
Since then, Maguire has organized nonviolence demonstrations, spoken
out against war, reconciled peoples on both sides of the dividing wall,
and forwarded a vision of peace for Northern Ireland and the world.
For her efforts, she and fellow crusader Betty Williams received the
1976 Nobel Peace Prize. Maguire has received numerous other honors and awards,
including the Norwegian People's Prize, the Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom
Award, and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation's Distinguished Peace Leadership
Award. She has traveled widely in the US, New Zealand, Australia, Japan,
Latin America, and Iraq.
Maguire has also worked as a private secretary to the managing director
of a major Northern Ireland firm. She has volunteered with the Legion of
Mary, a social service organization working with young children and prisoners,
and co-founded the Committee for the Administration of Justice, a non-secretarian
group heavily involved in the debate over changes in the legal system in
In September of 1991, Maguire was married to Jackie Maguire, widower
of her sister Anne, who never recovered from the loss of her children and
died in January 1980. In addition to the remaining three children from the
earlier marriage, Mark, Joanne, and Marie Louise, Mairead and Jackie are
the parents of John and Luke.
Her book, "A Vision of Peace-Faith and Hope in Northern Ireland,"
was recently published by Orbis Books.
The annual Eleanor M. and Oscar M. Carlson Endowed Lecture is administered
through the Women's Studies Program. This year marks the 20th anniversary
of the URI's Women's Studies Program.
URI's Colloquium series runs Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and is free
and open to the public.
For Information: Lynne Derbyshire, 401-874-4732,
Arthur Stein, 401-874-4059, Jan Sawyer, 401-874-2116,
Jennifer Smith, 401-874-2116