Quintin Oliver and Fiona MacMillan to Screen Films, Host Discussion on Peace in Northern Ireland March 4 at Western

by Naomi Schapiro

Office of Communications Intern

February 11, 2020

film poster for "the Story of Yes"
Quintin Oliver, international conflict resolution expert, and Fiona MacMillan, political communications specialist, will present three short films and lead a discussion about the grass roots sources of peace in Northern Ireland from 1-2:20 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4 in Miller Hall 152.

The three films by award winning film team Below the Radar, “The Story of Yes,” “54 Towns,” and “Hope on the Border” are meant to encapsulate the mood of the time, and serve as a reminder of the history of Northern Ireland. They are each directed by millennials, two by young women.

Each short film is under 15 minutes, leaving time to discuss and reflect between the films and then bring it all together afterwards. Oliver and MacMillan will lead a discussion on the persistence of peace in Northern Ireland despite the travails of Britain leaving the EU. Together, they founded the non-party ‘Yes’ Campaign, a grassroots, cross-party campaign with a firm goal of increasing understanding and building support for the Good Friday Agreement, which ultimately was passed in 1998.

The Good Friday Agreement established a new government for Northern Ireland and ended a three-decade period of conflict known as “The Troubles,” where there was conflict between the majority population, the unionists, who wanted to remain part of the United Kingdom, and the minority, the nationalists, who wanted Northern Ireland to reunite with the rest of Ireland.

This event is free and open to the public.

The event is hosted by the Institute for Global Engagement, and sponsored by the Karen W. Morse Institute for Leadership, the Border Policy Research Institute, the Department of Sociology, the Department of Political Science and the Political Science Association, the Department of Anthropology, and the Office of the Provost.

For more information contact Heather Brown, administrative assistant for the Institute for Global Engagement at Heather.Brown@wwu.edu