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Expert to Discuss Political Corruption, Economic Crisis in Ireland, Europe
Ohio Wesleyan University to Host 8th Annual Corinne Lyman Lecture on March 1

February 10, 2011

Elaine Byrne, Ph.D.
Photo courtesy of Elaine Byrne, Ph.D.
DELAWARE, OH – Irish political journalist, consultant, and analyst Elaine Byrne, Ph.D., will discuss the “Economic Crisis in Europe: How Corruption Led to the Rise, and Fall, of Ireland” when she presents Ohio Wesleyan University’s 8th annual Corinne Lyman Lecture on International Studies.

Byrne will speak at 7 p.m. March 1 in Benes Rooms A and B of Ohio Wesleyan’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. The free, public event is sponsored by OWU’s International Studies Program and Department of Politics and Government.

A regular contributor to the Irish Times, Byrne is the author of “A Crooked Harp: Political Corruption in Ireland 1800-2010,” to be published by Manchester University Press in the coming months. She also serves as a co-editor of the online Irish political reform forum www.politicalreform.ie.

In addition, Byrne has been asked to serve as a governance and media consultant to both the World Bank and the United Nations. She is a member of Amnesty International’s Advisory Committee for the Human Rights Accountability Research project.

Byrne earned her doctorate from the University of Limerick and is an adjunct lecturer with Trinity College Dublin, which nominated her to serve on the Dublin City Council Finance Strategic Policy Committee.

The Corinne Lyman Lecture Series on International Studies honors Lyman, Ph.D., an emeritus professor of politics and government instrumental in creating OWU’s International Studies Program in 1979. She served as the program chair until her retirement in 1999.


Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities, with more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 Division III varsity sports. Located in Delaware, Ohio, just minutes north of Ohio’s capital and largest city, Columbus, the university combines a globally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that translate classroom theory into real-world practice. OWU’s close-knit community of 1,850 students represents 45 states and 52 countries. Ohio Wesleyan earned a 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in General Community Service, is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” and is included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.