Clingen Conversations: "Historical Memory and Public Policy in Modern Ireland"


Location: Webinar

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This semester, the Clingen Family Center for the Study of Modern Ireland launches a new series of moderated events entitled “Conversations in the Humanities, Culture, and Policy.” Intended to contribute to the debates, questions, and issues of the present day, these regular conversations focus on topics of interest to contemporary Ireland.

Our first conversation takes as its starting point the recently published Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation report and the Commission’s subsequent destruction of audio recordings of its 550 witness interviews. How should historians and archivists contribute to tribunals of inquiry? What is the role of documentary evidence in such inquiries, and how should investigators handle controversial witness testimonies?

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Join Colin Barr, the Herbert Allen and Donald R. Keough Visiting Faculty Fellow, as he moderates what is sure to be a lively and informative discussion. Panelists include Elaine Loughlin, the deputy political editor for the Irish ExaminerLaura McAtackney, associate professor of archaeology and heritage at Aarhus University, Barry McCrea, the Keough Family Chair of Irish Studies, and Bríona Nic Dhiarmada, the Thomas J. & Kathleen O'Donnell Chair of Irish Studies.


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