Northern Ireland Minister for Education Martin McGuinness and South African Ambassador to the United States Sheila Sisulu will be the featured speakers at the event, along with Maureen McLaughlin, deputy assistant secretary for policy, planning and innovation in the US Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education.
The Lynch School of Education and Irish Studies Program are co-sponsoring the symposium with the Global Citizens Circle, which organizes discussions on numerous social, political and economic issues.
McGuinness has served as the Sinn Finn party's chief negotiator with the British government and represented Sinn Fein in high level discussions with political leaders in Europe and in the United States.
Sisulu, who was appointed South Africa's ambassador to the US last year, has held various positions in the South African Committee for Higher Education and served as the education coordinator of the African Bursary Fund of the South African Council of Churches. She also has served as special advisor to the minister of education.
McLaughlin joined the US Education Department in 1988. In her current post, she coordinates policy development and analysis, budget forecasting, quality improvement and strategic planning in the area of postsecondary education. She spearheaded the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act and direct student loan program.
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