Virtual conference

Virtual conference Past, present, future

Northern Ireland: Past, Present, Future will be hosted virtually on Monday 8 November.

100 years after the Irish Government Act came into force, founding the State of Northern Ireland, this virtual event will bring together politicians, historians and young leaders to discuss the claims of history, the challenges of the present and the shape of the future in Northern Ireland.

Monday’s event is organized by the School of Public Affairs (SPA) and the School of International Service (SIS) at American University, as well as the Global Irish Studies Initiative at Georgetown University, in association with the Northern Ireland Bureau and the Washington Ireland Program.

Opening remarks will be delivered by Mr. Paul Givan, Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, and Mr. Declan Kearney, Deputy Minister in the Executive Office

Pre-registration is required for Monday’s virtual event which will run from 12:45-4:00 PM EST. There is no charge to attend the event, but donations are welcome.

Northern Ireland: past, present, future

12:45 p.m.: Welcome by Dr. Vicky Wilkins, Dean of the School of Public Affairs, American University, and Mr. Andrew Elliott, Director of the Northern Ireland Bureau

12:50 p.m.: Opening speech by Mr. Paul Givan, Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, and Mr. Declan Kearney, Deputy Minister in the Executive Office

1:00 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. – Past:

  • Dr Niamh Gallagher, Associate Professor of Modern British and Irish History, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Darragh Gannon, Lecturer in Irish Studies/Head of Irish Studies, University College Dublin
  • Teacher. Diane Urquhart, Professor of Gender History, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Moderated by Dr. Tim McMahon, Associate Professor in the Department of History at Marquette University

2:00 p.m. to 2:55 p.m. – Present:

  • The Right Honorable Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party
  • Mr. John Finucane, Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom, representing Sinn Féin
  • Ms. Naomi Long, Minister for Justice of the Northern Ireland Executive, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Northern Ireland and Leader of the Alliance Party
  • Mr. Mike Nesbitt, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Northern Ireland, representing the Ulster Unionist Party
  • Ms Claire Hanna, Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom, representing the Social Democratic and Labor Party
  • Moderated by Dr. Kimberly Cowell-Meyers, School of Public Affairs, and Dr. Carole Gallaher, School of International Service, American University

3:00 p.m. to 3:55 p.m. – Futures:

  • Mr. Gary McAllister, Youth Development Officer for the Orange Order
  • Ms Leah Rea, Vice-President of the Young European Socialists
  • Ms Coumilah Manjoo, Health Worker, Activist and Community Liaison Officer with the Belfast Multi-cultural Association
  • Ms. Kyra Reynolds, Peace Barriers Program Development Officer, Triax Neighborhood Management Team
  • Moderated by Mr. Bryan Patten, Executive Director, Washington Ireland Program

You can register online here for Northern Ireland: past, present, future. This online event is free and open to the public. You can read more about Monday’s event here.