Boston University Professor Meets with Nobel Laureate and Respected Irish Peacemaker John Hume

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(Boston, Mass.) — As part of the groundbreaking program she introduced in Ireland this summer, Dr. Janice Barrett, an associate professor in the Boston University College of Communication and director of BU’s new Summer Ireland Program, recently met with the 1998 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, John Hume, at a private dinner held in Northern Ireland.

Also attending the dinner were Mrs. Patricia Hume; Kate O’Dubhchair, director of the Centre for Peace Building in Donegal; Dr. Arthur Paul, professor of politics and course director of the master’s program in peace and conflict studies at the University of Ulster; as well as several students from the program. The dinner took place the day before Hume was to deliver a lecture on his 35 years in the peace-making process, a process on which he has staked his professional credibility.

During the dinner, Hume took questions from the students, further explaining to the group his perspective on the importance of investing in the education of our young people. Hume also spoke to the students about the efforts in Northern Ireland that earned him the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize.

“ John Hume believes that our hope is in the education of our young people to learn how to build peace, not wage war,” said Dr. Barrett.

Hume, holder of the Tip O’Neill Chair in Peace Studies at the University of Ulster’s Magee Campus, emphasized the close ties between Boston and his hometown of Derry. O’Neill, the former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, was well known for his support of the peace process in Northern Ireland and was a source of encouragement to Hume.

The summer Ireland program, in which Hume took part, provided a limited number of graduate and undergraduate students from Boston University and other American universities and colleges with the opportunity to take two, four-credit courses in Dublin. The seven-week program entitled “Communication, Conflict, and the Media,” ran from May 22 through July 8, 2003.

Based at Dublin City University, students took classes covering history, politics, culture, the Irish media and conflict management while living in Dublin homestays. Additionally, they heard lectures by noted experts, including journalists, academics and elected officials in the field, and visited media outlets in Dublin and Galway. The students also took week-long excursions to Belfast, Derry and Galway to expand their study of these topics