Tony Blair to teach at Yale

March 7, 2008 at 8:14 PM

NEW HAVEN, Conn., March 7 (UPI) -- Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will teach at Yale University, the Ivy League school announced Friday.

Blair, who was prime minister from 1997-2007, will serve as the Howland Distinguished Fellow for the next academic year.

The former Labor Party leader will facilitate a seminar on faith and globalization and participate in some campus events, the school said.

"The appointment of Mr. Blair provides a tremendous opportunity for our students and our community," said Yale President Richard Levin. "As the world continues to become increasingly inter-dependent, it is essential that we explore how religious values can be channeled toward reconciliation rather than polarization."

The Howland Distinguished Fellowship was created in 1915 to recognize a "citizen of any country in recognition of some achievement of marked distinction in the field of literature or fine arts or the science of government," a statement said.

Among previous Howland fellows are composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, journalist Sir Alistair Cooke and stateswoman Indira Gandhi.

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