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Conor Cruise O'Brien: A Centennial Appraisal

Thursday, 2 November 2017, 7 – 9pm

Conor Cruise O'Brien: A Centennial Appraisal

A public discussion will take place on the evening of Thursday, 2nd November at the Edmund Burke theatre on Conor Cruise O'Brien, his life, work and legacy. A panel of leading Irish and international commentators will examine his achievements in the light of subsequent developments and current events. On the centenary of his birth and nearly a decade after his death, this will be the first public event to consider O'Brien's place in Irish and world affairs.

What common themes can be drawn from a life that combined the drama and tragedy of UN diplomacy, the penning of startling and controversial literary criticism, the rough and tumble of Irish politics, and the creation of ground-breaking studies of Parnell and Burke?  And how might O'Brien's views on nationalism, religious intolerance, and authoritarianism inform our outlook in an age of Brexit and Trump?

The event will be opened by Trinity's Chancellor and former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson and will include a paper 'Conor Cruise O'Brien, a centennial appraisal' by Frank Callanan, S.C. and author of The Parnell Split.

Patrick Geoghegan, Professor in Modern History Trinity College Dublin and presenter of Newstalk's Talking History will chair the round table discussion with David Bromwich, Sterling Professor of English in Yale University, Margaret O'Callaghan, Political Analyst, Queens University Belfast, and Ruairi Quinn, former Minister for Finance, Minister for Education and Skills and leader of the Labour Party, in what promises to be a lively, informed, and memorable debate on one of modern Ireland's most extraordinary and rousing figures.

Register for this event here 

Campus LocationEdmund Burke Theatre
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Edmund Burke Theatre
Event Category: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Conferences, Lectures and Seminars, Public
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free (but registration is required)

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