Ireland: History, Politics, Culture

‌Lecture Series Description:  Ireland has a rich story to tell us, from history to politics to culture. This series will explore the history of Ireland, the religious dimensions of Irish culture, economic issues, perspectives on the conflict in Northern Ireland, and an introduction to traditional Irish music. 

Lecture Series Information: Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., starting April 3, 2018, O'Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium, University of St. Thomas St. Paul Campus

Fee for the series:  $90 per person

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Detailed Lecture Series Syllabus & Educator Biographies:

Apr. 3

"The Age of Invasions and the Formation of Irish Identity" will examine the formation of Ireland and of Irish identity in the face of invasions from multiple groups including the Celts, the Vikings, and the Normans.

Dr. Kelly Donahue earned her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. Her research has focused on women prisoners during the building of the modern convict prison system in nineteenth-century Ireland and England. She has been an adjunct professor in the history department at St. Thomas since 2011.

Apr. 10

"The (Attempted) Anglicization of Ireland" will look at the long period of English/British rule in Ireland and its impact on Irish identity. We'll look at the Statutes of Kilkenny, the Protestant Reformation, plantation, and finally the Union.

Dr. Kelly Donahue earned her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. Her research has focused on women prisoners during the building of the modern convict prison system in nineteenth-century Ireland and England. She has been an adjunct professor in the history department at St. Thomas since 2011.

Apr. 17

"The Making of a Modern, Independent Ireland" will examine the last stages of the winning of independence, state building, and how Irish identity has been influenced by independence.

Dr. Kelly Donahue earned her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. Her research has focused on women prisoners during the building of the modern convict prison system in nineteenth-century Ireland and England. She has been an adjunct professor in the history department at St. Thomas since 2011.

Apr. 24 

"Religious Dimensions of Irish Culture"

Fr. Michael Joncas is Artist-in-Residence and Research Fellow in Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas. He has special interest in Irish religious history and Celtic spirtuality.

May 1

Loren Langen will address some of the economic issues facing the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland including Brexit. Loren holds an M.A. in Eocnomics from the University of Minnesota and is a frequent instructor of Microeconomics at UST. In addition, she has spent time in Ireland studying the Irish language. Loren will be the travel scholar for the Selim Center's trip to Ireland in May 2018.

"Two perspectives of the conflict in Northern Ireland," with Dr. John McVea, featuring a dialogue and discussion based on the perspective of two books by Alistair Little and Gerry Adams.  John McVea is an associate professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas. He specializes in strategic thinking, innovation and entrepreneurial strategy, managerial decision-making, and business ethics. A native of Northern Ireland, John has worked extensively in Europe and the Americas, and is the author of numerous publications and book chapters in areas of entrepreneurial strategy and business ethics.

May 8

Executive Director of the Center for Irish Music and professional musician, Norah Rendell will give an introductory talk on traditional Irish music. From the dance-based instrumental tradition of the uilleann pipes, fiddle and flute to the rich song repertoire in both Irish Gaelic and English languages, Norah will give a lively overview (including demonstrations) of common musicla forms and themes that, woven together, make up the extraordinary melody-based tradition of Irish music.