In the Shadow of “the Troubles”: Northern Ireland in Conflict and Peace | Newberry

In the Shadow of “the Troubles”: Northern Ireland in Conflict and Peace

Led by Frank Biletz. Eight sessions. 10 am - 12 pm.
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Saturdays, September 26 - November 14

10 am - 12 pm

Full. Email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.

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Seminar Description

Over 3,500 people died during the political and sectarian conflict that ravaged Northern Ireland from 1968 to 1998. Although the Good Friday Agreement has largely ended the violence and established power-sharing institutions, the peace remains fragile and tensions persist. Using Patrick Radden Keefe’s acclaimed Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, this seminar will survey the course of the conflict, as well as ongoing struggles to come to terms with the traumatic past.

Eight sessions. Registration – $280

Frank A. Biletz received his PhD in history from the University of Chicago, with a primary specialization in modern British and Irish history. He is currently adjunct instructor in history at Loyola University Chicago and has been teaching seminars at the Newberry since 1994.

Materials List

Required:

  • Patrick Radden Keefe, Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland. Anchor Books, 2020. ISBN: 978-0307279286

Recommended:

  • David McKittrick and David McVeal, Making Sense of the Troubles: A History of the Northern Ireland Conflict. Viking, 2012. ISBN: 978-0241962657.

First Reading:

  • For the first session, it is recommended that participants read chapters 1-3 of David McKittrick and David McVeal’s Making Sense of the Troubles: A History of the Northern Ireland Conflict.

Registration Information

Online registration opens at 9 am (CDT) on Tuesday, September 1st.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, the Adult Education Seminars staff is working remotely and will be unable to process registration over the phone. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at seminars@newberry.org.

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

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