About Coe > Coe News

Former Senate Majority Leader and Special Envoy George Mitchell headlines 2014 Coe Contemporary Issues Forum

Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2014-01-17 07:14:26 - General

George Mitchell

Former Senate Majority Leader and Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell will be the speaker for the 11th Coe College Contemporary Issues Forum on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. An engaging speaker with a deserved international reputation for defusing some of the world's most complicated situations, Mitchell will offer insight on foreign policy and the current state of the U.S. political climate.

Reserved seating is available by calling the Coe Box Office at 319-399-8600 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

Few negotiators have the reputation, tenacity and track record of Sen. Mitchell. The former senate majority leader has been tapped to forge peace treaties, investigate scandals, lead corporations, and navigate sensitive international conflicts. Most recently, Mitchell served the Obama Administration as special envoy for Middle East peace from 2009-2011, a role informed by previous work in the region, specifically as the creator of the Mitchell Report on Arab-Israeli matters in 2001. Mitchell made history while chairing peace negotiations in Northern Ireland, culminating in the Good Friday Agreement for which he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Respected for his commitment to fairness, the former senator chaired commissions on questions facing the Olympic bidding processes and the doping scandal surrounding Major League Baseball. In the private sector, Mitchell has served on the boards of Federal Express, Staples, Xerox, Unilever and was tapped as to replace Michael Eisner as Disney's chairman.

Established by the late K. Raymond Clark '30, the Contemporary Issues Forum presents the views of distinguished leaders whose work has shaped and altered the course of world events.