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Tony Blair to give inaugural Hanway Lecture in Global Studies April 9

| By Nick Alexopulos
Tony Blair

Loyola University Maryland welcomes Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, for the inaugural Hanway Lecture in Global Studies on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at 7 p.m. in Reitz Arena on the University's North Charles Street campus.

Tickets for the event are no longer available. For those who reserved tickets, your ticket is required and non-transferable; photo identification will be checked upon entry. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and ticketed guests are encouraged to arrive early to ensure entrance by 7. Learn more about the event.

Blair’s distinguished record of leadership and service spans three decades, and his commitment to exacting positive change worldwide has impacted communities across the globe.

“Prime Minister Blair’s unmatched insight will provide the ideal foundation for our lecture series on global awareness,” said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., Loyola’s president. “His extensive experience building social and political bridges across borders embodies our obligation as a Jesuit university to serve others on an international scale and prepare our students to be leaders and innovators in an increasingly interdependent world. It is both an honor and a privilege to welcome him to campus.”

Blair served as Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from May 1997 to June 2007. He was also the leader of Britain’s Labour Party (1994-2007) and the Member of Parliament for Sedgefield, England (1983-2007). During his 10 years as Prime Minister, Blair transformed Britain’s public services through a program of investment and reform in schools and hospitals, resulting in more children achieving better school results and more people receiving faster access to health care. He also combined tackling terrorism and intervention in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo and Sierra Leone, with action on issues like climate change, global poverty, and peace processes in Africa, the Middle East, and Northern Ireland.

Blair has launched a number of service initiatives since leaving Downing Street, including the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative, and the Tony Blair Sports Foundation.

Blair's memoir, A Journey: My Political Life was released in September 2010 and made The New York Times best-seller list within a week of its release. More information about Blair’s life and work is available at www.tonyblairoffice.org.

The Hanway Lecture in Global Studies is an endowed lecture series made possible by a gift from Ed Hanway, a member of the University’s Class of 1974 and current chair of its Board of Trustees, and his wife, Ellen. The $5.2 million gift is the largest individual contribution in Loyola’s history.

For general information about the event, please contact Allison Rubin in Loyola's office of advancement events and donor relations.

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