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GFA @ 25: Inside & Outside

The Good Friday Agreement @ 25

Art of Conflict Transformation Spring 2023 Event Series

Celebrating & critically examining the historic 1998 British/Irish peace accord


Inside & Outside: Building Grassroots Support for the Peace Talks & 1998 Accord 

April 6 @ 4-5:30pm EDST

Video recording of event

This panel will explore the journey that led to achieving the historic peace accord about the British/Irish conflict. Panelists include liaisons with grassroots communities and political prisoners as well as negotiators @ the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement talks. 

Dawn Purvis (bio)  
Liaison with loyalist grassroots  
Negotiating team member & elected representative, Progressive Unionist Party 
Board Chair, Healing Through Remembering 

Joseph Austin (bio)  
Liaison with IRA republican prisoners 
Advisor, Lord Mayor of Belfast 
Peacebuilding & Good Relations Staff, Falls Community Council 

Avila Kilmurray (moderator) (bio) 
Negotiating team, Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition (Co-founder)
Director, Community Foundation for Northern Ireland (1994-2014) 
Migration & Peacebuilding Executive, Social Change Initiative


Sponsored by
Office of the Chancellor, Legal Studies Program, UMass Women into Leadership and Falls Community Council (Belfast)

Co-sponsored by
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Women for UMass Amherst, Center for Justice, Law, and Societies, Graduate School, Psychology of Peace and Violence Program, Interdisciplinary Studies Institute, SBS Conference and Visitor Grants, Commonwealth Honors College, College of Education, anonymous College of Education faculty member, Modern European Studies Program, Department of Political Science, School of Public Policy, Center for Women & Community, National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution, Auxiliary Enterprises, Facility Services, Quabbin Mediation Program; this program was made possible (in part) by a grant from the UMass Arts Council

The Art of Conflict Transformation Event Series brings to UMass scholars, artists, and conflict resolvers to explore the geography of conflict; the spaces in and on which conflict has been imprinted and expressed, and the emerging terrains of resistance, resilience, and transformation.