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Press Release for Friday, January 26, 2007

UNF Professor Discusses Northern Ireland's Turn to Terror

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Irish Studies at the University of North Florida presents Dr. Pamela Zeiser, UNF associate professor of political science, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15, at the University Gallery, located in Founders Hall (Building 2). She will discuss “A Necessary Evil? Northern Ireland’s Turn to Terror.” This event is free and open to the public.

As individuals worldwide become increasingly concerned about sectarian and other conflicts around the globe, and identifying alternative, peaceful ways to address them, understanding the dynamics within specific conflicts is essential. Zeiser’s scholarly activities both at UNF and in the national arena are helping to increase dialogue about the conflict in Northern Ireland.

In 2001, Zeiser was awarded an Irish Studies Reilly Fellowship that focused her attention on Northern Ireland, developing the UNF course, “The Irish Question in International Relations.” This popular course has evolved into “The Northern Ireland Peace Process” and is now being offered annually. Zeiser also traveled to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in 2001. There, she served as a human rights observer for a social justice nonprofit organization and met with leaders from all sides of the Northern Irish conflict.

Zeiser has given numerous presentations on aspects of the Northern Ireland conflict at national academic conferences. Most recently, she spoke about why specific organizations use terrorist tactics at the 2006 International Studies Association meeting. Currently, Zeiser has an academic article on conflict issues in Northern Ireland, co-authored with UNF professor Dr. David Schwam-Baird, under review for publication.

She joined the UNF faculty in 1998, shortly after receiving her Ph.D. in political science from Claremont Graduate School in California. Zeiser received her bachelor’s degree in international relations at the University of Nevada. Her teaching and research in international relations focuses on international responses to global issues, including issues such as peacemaking and terrorism. Additionally, she teaches comparative politics courses.

For more information about this event, contact Irish Studies Program Director Richard Bizot at (904) 620-1272 or by e-mail at