Professor Roy Foster, Carroll Professor of Irish History at the University of Oxford, will lecture at the University of Kentucky on Monday, October 26, 2015, at 4 p.m. in the UK Athletics Auditorium of William T. Young Library. He will discuss the history of the Irish Revolution of 1912 - 1922, focusing on the central event of the Easter Rising of 1916 and the motivations that drove the people behind it. His lecture will also consider the agendas, elisions, and implications of commemorating events in history that are at once inspirational and divisive: raising issues such as the changing historical interpretations of revolutionary change, the psychological uses of memory in Irish history, the challenges presented by the current centennial observations of the Irish revolutionary decade of 1912-22, and the possible lessons of Irish history for the larger United Kingdom and European picture.
Foster is the author of the recent and widely-acclaimed Vivid Faces: the Irish revolutionary generation 1890-1923, which has just been awarded a President’s Medal from the British Academy for “transforming the understanding of a period or subject of study.”
University Press of Kentucky Interim Director Dr. Jonathan Allison, professor in the UK Department of English, has been instrumental in bringing Professor Foster to campus. The event is part of the Year of Europe sponsored by the UK College of Arts & Sciences.