Thomas D’Arcy McGee 11th Annual Summer School Day 2
Thomas D’Arcy McGee 11th Annual Summer School
Carlingford Heritage Centre, Carlingford, Co Louth
August 31st – September 1st
Theme: Celebrating the Politics of Difference – The Relevance of McGee in Europe under Assault
The Thomas D’Arcy McGee Annual Summer School is back onsite in the idyllic setting of Carlingford Heritage centre. East meets West every summer at the Summer School where issues of contemporary politics are debated in the historic context of McGee and his pioneering views on multiculturalism, ethnicity and accommodation. The Summer School has established itself as a popular forum for politicians, government ministers, ambassadors, academics, historians and community activists to exchange views and seek direction.
This year, as war rages in Eastern Europe, the pressing issues of ethnicity, conflict and resolution still dominate global discourse. The framework for governance and the lasting peace established under the Good Friday Agreement have never been more important as Brexit challenges the European project. The 2022 Summer School looks through the perspective of D’Arcy McGee to understand better the significance of these current events as we bring together great minds and thinkers and activists from across Ireland, Europe and Canada to promoting dialogue and reconciliation. Through a range of keynote and panel sessions, we are delighted to welcome back to Carlingford old favourites and present new voices drawn from the academic, diplomatic, political and social fields who will share thoughts and perspectives on how past lessons can inform the creation of peaceful, lasting and just solutions to contemporary issues.
A range of networking opportunities throughout the conference allow participants to enjoy the charms of this historic town, establish new friendships and copper fasten old ones.
Day 2 – September 1st 10am
10.15 am Keynote Speaker: Professor Brigid Laffan, Emeritus Professor, Robert
Schuman Centre for Advanced studies
11am Panel: Unity in Diversity – the Relevance of Europe
Chair – Joan Martin, CEO Louth County Council
Robert Kearns, Chairman Canada Ireland Foundation
Noirín O’Sullivan, Retired Garda Commissioner
Alex Kane, Journalist and former Director of Communications UUP and
Gerry McAlinden, International Development and Governance Consultant
12.45pm Closing Remarks