This talk will explore the idea that Ireland was the first English experiment in colonization and that this project was a rehearsal for ideologies and strategies that would be very effective in the establishment of the North American colonies two centuries later. The displacement and dispossession of indigenous peoples is a shared narrative of both nations; but how was it justified and defended?
Dr. Niamh Hamill is a lecturer of Irish culture and history, and director of the Institute of Study Abroad Ireland, based in Donegal, Ireland. She is the author of ‘Global Perspectives through the Narratives of Ireland’, a sixteen-module online course of Irish Studies, and a regular panelist and presenter on the importance of cultural competency and internationalization in American higher education. She and co-director John O’Connell host ‘The Calling’, the Milwaukee Irish Fest trip to Ireland at their ISAI campus in January each year, and she is a regular lecturer at the Celtic MKE Summer School.