WAUKESHA, WIS.—An internationally respected scholar of Irish history will visit Carroll University to share his expertise of the 1916 Easter Rising.
Lorcan Collins has appeared on Discovery Channel’s “Lonely Planet: Six Degrees – Dublin” and on “Irish TG4.” He has authored or co-authored many books and articles, including “The Easter Rising” and the definitive biography of the Irish revolutionary leader, James Connolly. On his 1916 Walking Tour in Dublin, he has entertained and informed thousands with his tales of the Irish fight for independence.
As part of Carroll’s theme of Humanity, Collins will discuss, “1916: The Irish People’s Quest for Self Determination and Freedom.” His lecture will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in the Stackner Ballroom of the Campus Center, 101 N. East Ave., Waukesha. This event is free and open to the public.
In 1916, centuries of British oppression led a small group of Irish nationals to rise in rebellion. Although it ended badly, the heavy-handed reaction of the British government provoked the Irish fight for independence, ending in the establishment of the Republic of Ireland in 1922. Collins will invite attendees to consider what it is we owe to one another and what a government owes to its people by examining acts of oppression and violence, including the Great Hunger of the 1840s and the execution of Irish leaders that inflamed public opinion against the British by the inhumanity demonstrated.
Throughout the yearlong exploration of Humanity, the Carroll community will explore how war, ethics, science, religion, hunger, abuse and lack of civility affect our humanity, both individually and collectively. For a complete list of Humanity events, visit http://www.carrollu.edu/events/humanity.asp.
For more information on Collins’ visit, contact Dr. Scott Hendrix, assistant professor of history, at 262.524.7272 or firstname.lastname@example.org.