The Perse School

Community Lecture: Making war, making peace, and making sense

Date: 1 Mar 2017, 19.30
Location: The Perse Upper School, Hills Road, CB2 8QF
Price: Free

The Perse School has a strong tradition of intellectual curiosity and scholarship, and we are pleased to celebrate these values through our Community Lecture series. It is a great privilege to welcome leading academics and other experts to the School to share their knowledge with pupils, parents, staff, alumni and the wider community.

Lord Alderdice will deliver the next lecture in the series on Wednesday 1 March 2017 on ‘Fundamentalism, radicalization and terrorism – making war, making peace, and making sense’.

About the Speaker
Lord Alderdice was born in 1955 and was educated at Ballymena Academy before reading medicine at Queen’s University, Belfast. Within four years of graduating he had also qualified as a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

In 1978, he joined the recently formed Alliance Party and quickly rose up through the ranks, becoming Leader in 1987 – a post which he held until 1998. During this time he was also a Belfast City Councillor. He played a significant role in the negotiation of Good Friday Agreement and was appointed the first Speaker of the new Northern Ireland Assembly in 1998. He served until 2004 when he was appointed by the British and Irish Governments as one of four international commissioners overseeing security normalization in Ireland.

In 1996 he was appointed one of the youngest ever life peers, taking his seat on the Liberal Democrat benches in the House of Lords. He continued in clinical practice until 2010 and continues his academic interests as a Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict based at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford. He is the Chairman of the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building, President of ARTIS (Europe) Ltd, Chairman of the World Federation of Scientists Permanent Monitoring Panel on Motivations for Terrorism and the Liberal Democrat Party Spokesman on Northern Ireland.


This event is free and open to everyone in the community, whether they have a connection to the School or not. Due to capacity restrictions, entry will be by ticket only.

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