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In The Name of Peace: John Hume in America

Sunday 26 Nov 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
£5 + 50p booking fee

In The Name of Peace: John Hume in America, directed by Maurice Fitzpatrick and narrated by Ballymena–born Hollywood star Liam Neeson, examines the Derry politician's key role in the peace process


With Special Introduction by Director Maurice Fitzpatrick and followed by a panel discussion.

It includes interviews with former US Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter as well as former British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and John Major.

Panel Members

Director Maurice Fitzpatrick

Maurice Fitzpatrick is a film director and an author who was educated in Trinity College Dublin. He has made two documentary films for the BBC: The Boys of St. Columb's  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 Irelan

In 2017, he wrote, directed and produced the documentary In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America. Narrated by Ballymena-born Hollywood star Liam Neeson, the film examines the Derry politician's key role in the peace process.

Mark Durkan

Mark Durkan is a past pupil of St. Columb’s College. He went on to study Politics at Queen’s University and later did Public Policy part-time at the University of Ulster Magee. Mark lives in Derry and is married to Jackie. They have one daughter, Dearbháil. 

Mark first became involved in politics during his student days when he was elected Deputy President of Queen’s Students Union. The following year, he moved to Dublin after being elected Deputy President of the Union of Students in Ireland. In 1984 he returned to Derry to work for John Hume as his Westminster Assistant. He subsequently became a key figure in the party, organising MP election victories for Seamus Mallon and Eddie McGrady in 1986 and 1987.

In 1990 Mark became Chairperson of the SDLP, serving until 1995, and was elected to Derry City Council in 1993. He was a key member of the SDLP team during the negotiations leading to the Good Friday Agreement and was described by journalists as its chief draftsman.

After leading a resoundingly successful yes campaign for the SDLP, Mark was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1998 for Foyle. He was appointed to the Northern Ireland Executive as Minister for Finance and Personnel. He implemented a raft of radical initiatives including setting up the Executive Programme Funds, a mechanism for ensuring that public money was spent according to the priorities of the people rather than the practices of the past.

In 2001 Mark replaced Seamus Mallon as Deputy First Minister. He also succeeded John Hume as SDLP Leader. Mark has represented Derry’s interests with distinction as the MP for Foyle since 2005. He has a strong pedigree on many issues including justice, economic development, healthcare and children’s rights. He has established a reputation as a leading advocate on international development issues and on civil liberties, and was described by Liberty as ‘an incredible and powerful ally for human rights.’

Mark stood down as party leader in February 2010 to be replaced by Margaret Ritchie. In November 2010 Mark resigned from the Northern Ireland Assembly to concentrate on his role as MP for Foyle. Mark has served as a member of the Select Committee on Exiting the European Union. 

His Public Bill committees have included two Financial Services, Banking Reform Bills, Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill and the Modern Slavery Bill. As a member of a number of All-Party Parliamentary Groups at Westminster he has also actively supported a number of campaigns for tax justice, against corruption and for trade transparency.

Professor Paul Arthur - University Of Ulster

A preeminent scholar and practitioner in international conflict resolution, Dr. Paul Arthur is a Professor of Politics, Emeritus Director of the Graduate Program in Peace and Conflict Studies, and INCORE (International Conflict Research Institute) Honorary Associate at University of Ulster. He holds a BA and MSc from Queen’s University Belfast and a D.Litt. from the National University of Ireland. 


Dr. Peter McLoughlin - Queen's University

Dr. Peter McLoughlin is a lecturer in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queen's University Belfast - concentrating on the politics of deeply divided societies; political violence, terrorism and security; Irish/Northern Ireland politics; the politics of the devolved UK. Dr. McLoughlin's research background is in Irish history and politics, with particular emphasis on British-Irish relations and the Northern Ireland problem. He is the author of 'John Hume and the revision of Irish Nationalism'.

Professor Marianne Elliott

Professor Marianne Elliott, who was born in Belfast, was Director of the Institute of Irish Studies from 1997 to 2014 and held the first Blair Chair of Irish Studies from 2007 to 2014. The Chair was established in 2007 in recognition of Tony Blair’s role in brokering the Good Friday Agreement. Marianne is internationally recognised as one of Ireland’s leading historians and is best known for her acclaimed biography Wolfe Tone: Prophet of Irish Independence, which won numerous awards. 

Marianne has played an important role in the promotion of peace efforts in Northern Ireland, most notably serving on the Opsahl Commission in 1993 and co-writing its report, 'A Citizens' Inquiry'. In October 2000, she was awarded an OBE for services to Irish Studies and the Northern Ireland peace process and in 2017 the Irish Presidential Distinguished Service Award.

Póilín Ní Chiaráin

Póilín Ní Chiarain is an award winning writer and  broadcaster on Northern Ireland affairs. Currently a  political columnist  with the news  service website she is also RTE Radio na Gaeltachta 's specialist on the North. During her career as an RTE news correspondent  and then as BBC Radio Foyle's  head of news she  covered many of the seminal events in John Hume's campaigns for a new Ireland.


CHAIR: Susan McKay

Derry~born Susan McKay is an award winning journalist, broadcaster and the author of several acclaimed books. Susan specialises in Irish and Northern Irish politics, social issues and the arts. A freelance writer and commentator, Susan has written for numerous publications - including the Irish Times, the Irish Independent, the Guardian, and the Irish News.  Susan also appears frequently on television and radio debates on the BBC and RTE. In 2008 her book 'Bear In Mind These Dead' was published, and is a moving and poignant memorial to the dead of the Irish 'Troubles'.

“John Hume restored to his rightful place in Irish history. Maurice Fitzpatrick’s documentary lines up luminaries eager to set the record straight.”

- Donald Clarke, The Irish Times

Maurice Fitzpatrick
1hr 30mins
£5 + 50p booking fee