5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Room IX at the Uppsala University Building

The Embassy of Ireland in collaboration with the Department of Peace and Conflict Research is hereby inviting you to a screening of the documentary “In the Name of Peace: – John Hume in America” in the presence of the director Maurice Fitzpatrick and the ambassador. The event will take place at the Uppsala University Building at 5 pm on November 12th and is organized in collaboration between the Embassy of Ireland together with Pax et Bellum, UPaD and the DPCR Alumni. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion focusing primarily on the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, the story of Nobel Peace Prize laureate John Hume and the complications that might arise in the current context with Brexit and for the future of peace in Northern Ireland.

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The panellists will include:
Maurice Fitzpatrick, director of ‘In the Name of Peace – John Hume in America’. Maurice is an Irish and Japanese-educated filmmaker, writer and lecturer. He is currently a lecturer at the University of Cologne. Before that, he lived in Tokyo from 2004-2011 where he lectured at Keio University, Japan’s oldest university. He has also been a guest lecturer at various universities in North America and Europe.

Thella Johnson is a journalist, author, songwriter and producer of award winning documentaries for Swedish Radio. In 2011, Ms Johnson was awarded Sweden’s Grand Radio Prize for a documentary Sunday Bloody Sunday. She has also received New York Festivals International Radio Programmes Award for her documentary The Bridge Over the River Foyle.

Ola Larsmo is a graduate of Uppsala University and author of award winning and bestselling Suede Hollow. Ola was formerly chair of Swedish PEN and in addition to his literary works, he also works as freelance critic, mainly for Dagens Nyheter. Ola is an expert on Irish literature and politics

Annekatrin Deglow is a PhD candidate at the DPCR (Uppsala University) about to finish her doctoral dissertation on the social and political consequences of armed conflict. She has done research on the legacies of conflict in Northern Ireland with a particular focus on police-community relations and postwar crime.

The panel will be chaired by well-known Swedish Irish man, Stephen Farran Lee, who currently works as senior editor at Natur och Kultur. Stephen has formerly worked as a journalist with Sweden’s national radio and TV and is an expert on Irish literature and cinema.

About the documentary: The documentary In the Name of Peace is a recently produced documentary film on John Hume who in 1998 was, together with David Trimble, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for their efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Northern Ireland”. The documentary is essentially a series of contributions from individuals – at political and official level – who witnessed and worked with John Hume over the course of his long political career which included the founding and leading the SDLP (Social Democratic and Labour Party), membership of the Northern Ireland Assembly, the Westminster Parliament and the European Parliament as well as a central role on the path to peace and reconciliation in Ireland, from Sunningdale (1973) and the Anglo-Irish Agreement (1985) to the paramilitary ceasefires of 1994 and ultimately to the Good Friday Agreement, culminating in the award of the Nobel Peace Prize in April 1998. Directed by Maurice Fitzpatrick, the documentary examines how the politician cultivated the support of a succession of US presidents to forge an inclusive peace in Ireland. Narrated by Ballymena-born actor Liam Neeson, it features interviews with former US Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter as well as former British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and John Major. There are also personal accounts from U2 singer Bono as well as former taoisigh Bertie Ahern and Enda Kenny. In the documentary, Hume’s former SDLP deputy, Seamus Mallon, argues that he should be regarded alongside Irish leaders Charles Stewart Parnell and Daniel O’Connell. John Hume has been living with a serious and debilitating medical condition since the late 1990s which has resulted in less recognition and awareness of his critical role and contribution amongst younger audiences, than Hume’s achievements clearly merit. This film is intended to redress that situation. It is also a useful reminder of the background to and significance of the Good Friday Agreement which is one of the key challenges for Brexit.