This evening of film and discussion is devoted to John Hume, founder of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) in Northern Ireland and joint Nobel Peace Prize-winner in 1998. Narrated by actor Liam Neeson, the documentary In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America (90 mins) includes wide-ranging interviews with former US Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, and UK Prime Ministers John Major and Tony Blair. A special screening of the documentary will be followed by a panel discussion on John Hume’s role in the Peace Process with the following participants:
Maurice Fitzpatrick, scholar and director of In the Name of Peace: John Hume, the first feature-length documentary to be made about John Hume
Pierre Joannon, Writer, historian and Franco-Irish diplomat. Author of John Hume (1999) Editions Beauchesne, with a postface by former Irish Prime Minister Garret FitzGerald
Michael Lillis, Writer and Irish diplomat. Deputy Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs (1983-85) and first joint secretary of the Anglo-Irish Secretariat, Maryfield, Belfast (1985-87)
Andy Pollak (moderator): Writer, editor and expert on North-South Cooperation in Ireland. Founding Director, Centre for Cross Border Studies, Armagh and Dublin. Reporter, assistant news editor, news features editor, religious affairs correspondent and education correspondent, The Irish Times (1986-1999)
Watch the trailer here!