Issue Date: 
June 11, 2007


Mark Durkan (center), leader of Northern Ireland’s Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) in the British House of Commons, visited Pitt May 21 to meet with Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg and participate in a one-hour conversation with Pitt faculty members and administrators on a variety of subjects, including the new jointly administered government in Northern Ireland and its impact on education and research in the province.

Durkan was a key member of the SDLP’s team in the negotiations that led to Northern Ireland’s Good Friday peace agreement.

Pictured in the chancellor’s office are, from left: James J. Lamb, president of the Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh; Alberta Sbragia, Pitt professor of political science, director of the University’s European Union Center of Excellence and European Studies Center, and inaugural holder of the Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg University Chair; Durkan; Sheila O’Malley, executive director of SDLP-USA; and Nordenberg.