UMass-Boston Professor Padraig O'Malley, who has spent decades helping reconcile divided societies from Ireland to South Africa, will speak about his experiences at a forum Sunday at Cape Cod Community College.
O'Malley has just returned from another trip to Iraq, where he has worked since 2007 to facilitate negotiations among the Kurdish factions in the north as well as among Sunnis and Shi'ites in the Arab heartland.
O'Malley is the John Joseph Moakley Distinguished Professor of Peace and Reconciliation at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies at the UMass-Boston campus. Earlier this year, he hosted a conference that brought together people from five of the world's divided cities, including Belfast in Northern Ireland, and Nicosia in Cyprus.
Born in Dublin, O'Malley has written several books about the principles and practice of negotiation and conflict resolution. The talk is at 2 p.m. Sunday Sept. 20, at the Tilden Arts Center, Cape Cod Community College, 2240 Iyannough Rd. Hyannis, MA 02668.
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About James F. SmithJim Smith came home to his native Boston in 2002 to become the Boston Globe's foreign editor after spending 22 years abroad. He was previously based in Buenos Aires and Mexico City for the LA Times, and in Johannesburg, Tokyo and The Hague for the AP. In 2007 he became the Globe's national political editor, coordinating presidential campaign coverage. He is a Yale graduate, and has an MBA. He is married to Maxine Hart and has two sons, Matthew and Daniel.
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