Kennedy and Hume: A Journey of Peace in Northern Ireland

Program Thursday, June 23, 2022, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Join the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, John & Pat Hume Foundation, and the Consulate General of Ireland in Boston for a conversation commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first meeting between Senator Edward M. Kennedy and John Hume, and its profound impact on finding a path to peace in Northern Ireland. Featuring a panel of ambassadors and elected officials, we will also explore how the legacy of this powerful relationship still resonates today.

When Senator Kennedy first reached out to John Hume in 1972 and arranged a meeting in Germany, he said “I hear you are the man to speak about peace in Ireland.” At that time of ‘The Troubles,’ violence was begetting violence, but Mr. Hume was committed to forging a peaceful, political solution that was built on mutual respect of the region’s different traditions and beliefs. We will discuss Hume’s legacy of courageous dedication to finding nonviolent solutions and celebrating the diverse cultures of Northern Ireland and the important role of the United States and others in the Good Friday Agreement.

Speakers will include: • Ambassador Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States • Ambassador Nancy Soderberg, former United States representative to the United Nations • Dr Sean Farren, Chair John & Pat Hume Foundation for Peaceful Change and Reconciliation. • Aidan Hume, son of the late John Hume, Nobel Peace Laureate

Welcoming remarks will be offered by Ambassador Victoria Reggie Kennedy.

This event is primarily supported by the Emigrant Support Programme of the Government of Ireland with additional support by the Charitable Irish Society

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