IN LIGHT OF DECISIONS BY THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH AND CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY IN RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED INDEFINITELY.
John Hume’s political vision and innate sense of diplomacy persuaded key players in U.S. Politics to merge their concerns with his own. Ted Kennedy, Tip O’Neill, Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Hugh Carey – together known as the ‘Four Horsemen’ - were won over to his cause, lending the campaign for equality in Northern Ireland worldwide credibility and putting considerable pressure on the British and Irish governments to strive for peace.
John Hume in America illustrates how John Hume engaged every American President from Jimmy Carter to Bill Clinton. Maurice Fitzpatrick’s film explores Hume’s philosophy of non-violence during the Civil Rights Movement through to his indispensable work with friends in the U.S. to create a new political framework in Northern Ireland.
Maurice Fitzpatrick was educated at Trinity College Dublin. He is a lecturer at Villa Nova University, a film-maker and author. He has worked with John Hume in the past on a book and BBC/RTE film, The Boys of St. Coumb’s, published and broadcast in 2010. In 2013, he wrote and directed a documentary film for the BBC on Brian Friel’s Translations. He also writes journalism, primarily on Irish affairs.