February 11, 2020

Film Screening of Acclaimed 2017 Documentary In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America, Feb. 25

Presented by the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and the Museum of the American Revolution

Includes Q+A with Film's Director and Access to Museum’s Special Exhibition Cost of Revolution

John Hume promotional still
John Hume promotional still

A film screening of the acclaimed 2017 Irish documentary In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America will take place at the Museum of the American Revolution on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 from 6 – 8 p.m., in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia. The film chronicles the life and work of John Hume, one of the architects of the Northern Ireland peace process. It is narrated by Liam Neeson.

Following the 6 p.m. screening, the film’s director Maurice Fitzpatrick and Craig Snyder, President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, will answer audience questions. Fitzpatrick currently serves as the 2020 Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies at Villanova University.

The evening will include access to the Museum’s special exhibition, Cost of Revolution: The Life and Death of an Irish Soldier, which is in its final weeks, from 5:15 – 6 p.m. The exhibition presents one of the largest collections of objects from Ireland’s 18th-century revolutionary history and war for independence ever displayed in Philadelphia. It is on view through March 17, 2020.

Tickets to the event are $15 for general admission and $10 for Museum members, World Affairs Council members, and students. They can be purchased by calling 215.561.4700 ext. 200 or online here.

Cost of Revolution
Cost of Revolution
In the film, 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 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. 

Hume 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.

Maurice Fitzpatrick is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin. He was a recipient of the Japanese Ministry of Education scholarship and has been a lecturer at Keio University, Tokyo; Bonn University, Germany; and the University of Cologne, Germany. He has made two documentary films for the BBC: The Boys of St. Columb’s and an examination of Brian Friel’s play Translations. In 2017, he wrote, directed, and produced In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America. He also has authored several books, including John Hume in America (University of Notre Dame Press, 2019). He was a Poynter Fellow at Yale University in 2018 and is currently the spring 2020 Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies at Villanova University.   

About the World Affairs Council
The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization dedicated to creating global citizens. The Council hosts speakers, supports student education and leads trips. Established in 1949 as a forum for discussing differing points of view, the Council does not endorse candidates for public office or lobby for policies. Members include more than 75 corporations and their CEOs and more than 3,000 other executives and individual members. For more information, visit https://wacphila.org/.

About Cost of Revolution: The Life and Death of an Irish Soldier
What can a life tell us about an era? Explore the untold story of Richard St. George, an Irish soldier and artist whose personal trauma and untimely death provide a window into the entangled histories of the American Revolution and the ensuing Irish Revolution of 1798. The exhibition chronicles St. George’s dramatic journey with nearly 100 artifacts, manuscripts, and works of art from Australia, Ireland, England, and the United States, many of which are on display in America for the first time. It also presents one of the largest collections of objects from Ireland’s 18th-century revolutionary history and war for independence ever displayed in Philadelphia. The exhibition is on display through March 17, 2020 and is included with regular Museum admission. For more information, visit www.amrevmuseu.org/exhibits/special-exhibitions.

About Museum of the American Revolution
The Museum of the American Revolution uncovers and shares compelling stories about the diverse people and complex events that sparked America’s ongoing experiment in liberty, equality, and self-government. Through the Museum’s unmatched collection, immersive galleries, powerful theater experiences, and interactive elements, visitors gain a deeper appreciation for how this nation came to be and feel inspired to consider their role in ensuring that the promise of the American Revolution endures. Located just steps away from Independence Hall, the Museum serves as a portal to the region’s many Revolutionary sites, sparking interest, providing context, and encouraging exploration. The Museum, which opened on April 19, 2017, is a private, non-profit, and non-partisan organization. For more information, visit www.AmRevMuseum.org or call 877.740.1776.