Title

The Northern Irish Knot of Politics, Religion, & Language: An American Perspective

Subject Area

Special Topics

Abstract

Northern Ireland only recently emerged from its 30 years of war & turmoil, a period known as The Troubles. The scars and reminders are all too evident, from the murals honoring victims & martyrs to the cities stringing either small British flags or Irish flags along their principal streets. The people are very willing to talk to outsiders about past & present events—always with an identifiable slant. I fell in love with Northern Ireland on my first visit in 2009 & have been back three times. I have made an effort to get as involved in the culture as possible, playing trivia at pubs, attending church, etc. I plan to present what I have discovered can only be learned by interacting with the people in their culture.

Brief Bio Note

Karen Guffey is a professor of Spanish at Gordon State College. Her Ph.D. is from the University of Kentucky, and her area of specialization is linguistics. She directs a study abroad program in Barcelona for a month in the summer and spends the rest of the summer traveling in the UK.

Keywords

Northern Ireland, Troubles, Catholic, Protestant

Location

Room 211

Presentation Year

2015

Start Date

3-27-2015 1:30 PM

End Date

3-27-2015 2:45 PM

Embargo

5-23-2017

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The Northern Irish Knot of Politics, Religion, & Language: An American Perspective

Room 211

Northern Ireland only recently emerged from its 30 years of war & turmoil, a period known as The Troubles. The scars and reminders are all too evident, from the murals honoring victims & martyrs to the cities stringing either small British flags or Irish flags along their principal streets. The people are very willing to talk to outsiders about past & present events—always with an identifiable slant. I fell in love with Northern Ireland on my first visit in 2009 & have been back three times. I have made an effort to get as involved in the culture as possible, playing trivia at pubs, attending church, etc. I plan to present what I have discovered can only be learned by interacting with the people in their culture.