Alex Brandon, Associated Press
Special Mideast peace envoy George Mitchell talks with the media about Mideast peace talks, Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, at the State Department in Washington.

SALT LAKE CITY — Sen. George Mitchell, former U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, will be the keynote speaker at the 2012 World Leaders Lecture Forum, sponsored by the University of Utah’s Tanner Humanities Center.

Mitchell served the Obama administration as envoy from 2009-2011. He was appointed to the U.S. Senate in 1980 to complete the unexpired term of Sen. Edmund Muskie of Maine. He left the Senate in 1995 as majority leader, a position he had held since January 1989.    

Mitchell’s lecture, titled “Turmoil in the Middle East: Its Effect on U.S. Foreign Policy,” is April 19 at 10 a.m. in Libby Gardner Hall, 1375 E. Presidents Circle. This event is free and open to the public.