Civil Rights in Transatlantic Perspective

Northern Ireland and the United States, 1968-2018

Peace Mural of a Dove in Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland

December 14, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Location: Copley Hall Copley Formal Lounge

2018 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement in Northern Ireland and the anniversary window of major events in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. Activists, scholars, and politicians engaged in the struggle for civil rights in the 1960s and beyond will reflect on their experiences as they explore the intersection between historic and ongoing civil rights activism in the two regions. Throughout the day-long conference, participants will discuss what progress has been made in civil rights in both the United States and Northern Ireland, what work still needs to be done, and how transatlantic engagement and collaboration can help drive the civil rights agenda in the future. The day’s final panel will feature overall considerations of the history and legacy of the regions’ shared struggle for civil rights, including remarks from Daniel Mulhall, Irish ambassador to the United States.

SCHEDULE
2:00 - 3:15 p.m. | Northern Ireland’s Civil Rights Movement at Fifty: The Origins and Unfolding of the Struggle
Austin Currie, Former Irish Minister of Justice and Northern Ireland Civil Rights Activist
Richard Cushnie, Northern Ireland Bureau of North America
Anne Devlin, Playwright and Northern Ireland Civil Rights Activist
Paul Arthur (moderator), Northern Ireland 50th Anniversary Civil Rights Commemoration Committee

3:15 - 3:30 p.m. | Coffee Break

3:30 - 5:00 p.m. | Perspectives from and on the United States Civil Rights Movements
Sonia Gutierrez, Civil Rights and Fair Housing Advocate
Maurice Jackson, Georgetown University
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland
Sylvia Wilber, Veteran Activist in Native American Civil Rights Movement
Irene Jillson (moderator), Georgetown University

5:00 - 5:15 p.m. | Coffee Break

5:15 - 6:45 p.m. | Commemorating the History and Legacy of Northern Ireland’s Struggle for Civil Rights
Paul Arthur, Northern Ireland 50th Anniversary Civil Rights Commemoration Committee
Austin Currie, Former Irish Minister of Justice and Northern Ireland Civil Rights Activist
Anne Devlin, Playwright and Northern Ireland Civil Rights Activist
Bruce Morrison, Former U.S. Congressman
Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States
Gerard Mannion (moderator), Georgetown University

6:45 p.m. | Reception

This event is co-sponsored by the Embassy of Ireland to the United States; the Irish Network DC; the Northern Ireland Bureau of North America; and Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs; Department of African American Studies; Department of Theology; Global Irish Studies Initiative; Georgetown College; and Office of the President.

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