In this course we will examine the deep-rooted hatred and bitterness that fueled the Troubles on both sides of the religious divide, years before the lid blew off in 1969. Long before the Balkans, Somalia, and Syria ever became news, people associated Northern Ireland with chaos and terror. Interestingly, the confusion that raged within the Six Counties during the time was mirrored by wide-scale mis-perceptions of the world at large: is Northern Ireland an island? Aren’t the UVF a branch of the IRA? Is Ireland an independent country or isn’t it? The Troubles caused the loss of thousands of lives and were responsible for the British Army’s longest ever military campaign.
GROUP LEADER: Philomena Feighan is a native of Ireland. An award-winning, published writer, she abandoned her endeavors for a career in teaching. She has a BA in history and an MFA in creative writing and literature. In June 2017, she gave up her full-time teaching position to return to writing.
BOOK (optional): Making Sense of the Troubles: The Story of the Conflict in Northern Ireland (by David McKittrick and David McVea, New Amsterdam Books, March 18, 2002)
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