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Lecture by Brendan O’Leary
November 5, 2021 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Brendan O’Leary, Lauder Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, presents “Irish Reunification: Prospects & Feasible Models,” a lecture drawn from his book-in-progress on questions and issues surrounding the idea of a unification of the island of Ireland. Introduced by Fintan O’Toole.
Brendan O’Leary is a US, Irish and European Union citizen. Since 2003, he has served as the Lauder Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania—previously he had been Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics & Political Science. He is the author, co-author and co-editor of 28 books, and the author or co-author of over 650 articles, chapters, encyclopedia articles, miscellaneous publications, and op-eds. A Treatise on Northern Ireland (three volumes) was published in 2019. It won the 2020 James S. Donnelly Sr. Prize of the American Conference of Irish Studies for the best book in History and Social Science, and the paperback versions were issued the same year. A Member of the US Council on Foreign Relations and an Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy, O’Leary was the inaugural winner of the Juan Linz Prize of the International Political Science Association for the study of multinational societies, federalism, and democratization. He is also a founding member of ARINS (Analyzing and Researching Ireland, North and South), sponsored by the Royal Irish Academy and the University of Notre Dame. O’Leary has been a political and constitutional advisor, especially on power-sharing, to the United Nations, the European Union, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of Iraq, and during the Irish peace process to the Governments of the UK and Ireland, and the British Labour Party. His degrees are from the University of Oxford (1981, PPE, BA (hons) first class), and the London School of Economics & Political Science (PhD, Robert McKenzie Memorial Prize). He grew up in Nigeria, Sudan, and Northern Ireland.
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