The Irish Question: From a United Kingdom to Brexit, NTC+ | Newberry

The Irish Question: From a United Kingdom to Brexit, NTC+

Thursday, October 18, 2018

9:30 am to 2:30 pm

The Newberry

Keelin Burke, Newberry Library
Programs for Teachers
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

The history of the relationship between Ireland and Britain is one fraught with religious tensions, rebellion, political activism, outright war and sometimes fragile peace. In this seminar, we will examine the history of the “Irish Question,” or the Irish pursuit of national autonomy, within the wider context of European, colonial, and contemporary history. Starting with the Act of Union of 1801, we’ll consider the rise of Irish nationalism, the intrusion of Irish matters into British politics writ large, failed and successful Irish rebellions, partition, Northern Ireland and the Troubles, and the lingering effects of the Irish question well into the 21st century. In the course of this discussion, we will read and discuss primary sources on the subject, and consider the resonances of this history down to the present, with particular attention to the current “Brexit” moment.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Friday, September 7, 2018. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.