The Geneva Room was packed with people eager to listen to John Hume yesterday. Nobel Laureate John Hume spoke on the peace process in Northern Ireland and American involvement in that process. He shared his formula for peace and his experiences as part of the President's Forum lecture series. Hume has been a driving force behind many of the significant attempts to resolve conflict in Northern Ireland.
Hume, who has been unequivocally opposed to violence as a means of resolving conflicts, has been widely credited with bringing unionists and republicans together to make the peace process possible. He is the past president and founder of the Social Democratic and Labour Party, the largest nationalist party in the North of Ireland, representing more than 60 percent of the nationalist community.
Hume was also the featured speaker at The Friendly Sons & Daughters of St. Patrick of the Finger Lakes Region annual dinner held at the Monroe Golf Club in Rochester, and was introduced by President Gearan, who served as the honorary chair.