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Ohio Wesleyan Speaker to Address International Conflict Issues

March 13, 2007

The Rev. Steve Stockman from Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland will present “Social Justice: Peace and Reconciliation” at 7 p.m. March 27 in Ohio Wesleyan University’s Bayley Room in Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave. The lecture will focus on social issues of international conflict in Northern Ireland and South Africa.

A Presbyterian minister in Ireland, Stockman is the author of “WALK ON: The Spiritual Journey of U2” as well as five books of poetry. He is a regular speaker at conferences and festivals, has his own radio show on BBC Radio Ulster, and recently released an album titled “Gracenotes.” Stockman has been using the work of U2 in his sermons and writings for 20 years.

This is Stockman’s third visit to Ohio Wesleyan, previously speaking about the faith and activism of U2’s front man, Bono. Sponsored by the Chaplain’s Office at Ohio Wesleyan, the March 27 event is free and open to the public. It also will be streamed on the Internet at stream.owu.edu.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, dedicated to preparing students for a lifetime of learning, service, and leadership. Located in Delaware, Ohio, 20 miles north of the state capital, Ohio Wesleyan is a coeducational, residential, privately supported undergraduate institution. The university is ranked consistently by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top 100 liberal arts colleges and is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives.” The faculty includes more than 135 educators, all of whom actively teach and hold either doctoral degrees or the highest recognized professional degrees in their fields. Approximately 1,850 students representing 44 states and 45 countries attend Ohio Wesleyan. More information is available at www.owu.edu.