George Mitchell to Speak at Willamette University

Sen. George Mitchell, chairman of the Peace Negotiations in Northern Ireland and former senator of Maine, will speak at Willamette University on Monday, March 12, 2001 at 8 p.m. in Willamette University's Smith Auditorium.

Mitchell is the second and final speaker in the 2000-2001 Atkinson Lecture Series, Willamette University's premiere speaker series, established in 1956 to bring internationally prominent leaders to the University. Mitchell's lecture is entitled "An Evening with George Mitchell."

Tickets will be available starting Monday, Feb. 26 through Mid-Valley Arts Council, 503-370-7469, and all FASTIXX outlets, 1-800-992-8499. Ticket prices are $5 each plus service charge. A book signing will follow Mitchell's lecture.

Mitchell was praised as the most trusted man in the U.S. Capitol through 14 years as a senator. He was instrumental in the passage of landmark legislation such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and in the successful reauthorization of the Clean Air Act in 1990.

After retiring as Senate Majority Leader in 1995, Mitchell served as chairman of the Peace Negotiations in Northern Ireland. His leadership was instrumental in the drafting of a historic peace accord. For his service, Mitchell received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor the U.S. government can bestow.

Mitchell has authored four books: Men of Zeal, co-authored with Sen. Bill Cohen of Maine; World on Fire; Not For America Alone: The Triumph of Democracy; and The Fall of Communism and Making Peace.