“In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America” Documentary Screening
The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia presents a screening of the 2017 documentary, In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America, offered with special evening access to the Museum’s exhibition, Cost of Revolution: The Life and Death of an Irish Soldier. After the film, join us for a talk-back session with Maurice Fitzpatrick, Director, and Craig Snyder, President & CEO of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia.
John Hume saw that by harnessing the political influence of the Irish American diaspora in Washington it was possible to address the legacy of colonial division in Ireland and to achieve peace. In his documentary, In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America, Maurice Fitzpatrick chronicles the rise of John Hume from the riot-torn streets of Northern Ireland to his work with American presidents, from Jimmy Carter to Bill Clinton, and the United States Congress to leverage U.S. support for peace in Northern Ireland. Hume is widely considered the architect of the Northern Ireland peace process, and he engaged the attention and assistance of the “Four Horsemen”—Thomas “Tip” O’Neill, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Hugh Carey, and Ted Kennedy—to his cause, lending his effort worldwide credibility and putting significant pressure on the British and Irish governments to strive for peace. Supported by the Hume family, Fitzpatrick’s critical work is the missing piece in the jigsaw of Hume’s political life, tracing his philosophy of non-violence during the Civil Rights movement to his indispensable work with allies in the United States towards the creation of a new political framework in Northern Ireland. The film is produced and directed by Maurice Fitzpatrick, with music by William Ahern and narration by Liam Neeson.
- 5:15 p.m. – Registration Opens
- 5:15 – 6 p.m. – Special Exhibition Open: Cost of Revolution: The Life and Death of an Irish Soldier
- 6 p.m. – Documentary Screening
- 7:30 p.m. – Discussion and Q&A with Maurice Fitzpatrick, Director, and Craig Snyder, President & CEO, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
- 8 p.m. – Conclusion
- Members of the Council, MoAR, and students – The exhibit, screening, and talk-back session: $10 or Lecture Pass
- General Public – The exhibit, documentary, and talk-back session: $15
Maurice Fitzpatrick is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and he was a recipient of the Japanese Ministry of Education scholarship 2004-2017 and a lecturer at Keio University, Tokyo, 2004-11, a lecturer at Bonn University 2011-2012 and a lecturer at the University of Cologne 2012-2016. He has made two documentary films for the BBC: The Boys of St. Columb's (also an Irish public television RTÉ production) which tells the story of the first generation of children to receive free secondary education as a result of the ground-breaking 1947 Education Act in Northern Ireland, whose participants included St. Columbs' Nobelists John Hume and Seamus Heaney; and a second film for the BBC, an examination of Brian Friel's play, Translations which shows how Translations came to spearhead a cultural movement in both Northern and Southern Ireland, Field Day, which attempted to achieve a measure of cultural pluralism in advance of a political settlement. In 2017, he wrote, directed and produced a documentary feature film, In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America. He is also the author of a book entitled John Hume in America (University of Notre Dame Press, 2019). He was a Poynter Fellow at Yale University in 2018 and he is the spring 2020 Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies at Villanova University.