Jon McCourt Lecture

Monday, October 22, 2018 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

VanderWerf Hall, 102
27 Graves Place, Holland, MI 49423-3617

"The Force of Argument is Greater Than the Argument of Force: How 40 years of Conflict and Community Reconciliation Work in Northern Ireland Influenced Government"

Jon McCourt has been a Peace Activist in Derry, Northern Ireland, for over 30 years. As a young man he went on the first Civil Rights March in October 1968 and was actively engaged in the conflict including the Battle of the Bogside and Bloody Sunday when 14 people died at the hands of the British Army. Since 1978 he has worked at building bridges between the two major communities in Derry. His story was one of several featured in the ground-breaking production We Carried Your Secrets. ( He has also worked with those involved in conflicts in other areas of the world, including Bosnia, the Middle East, Ukraine and Africa. He will discuss struggle, loss, division, polarization, hope and healing and share personal moments and reflections in the forth-coming presentation.