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“From Triumphalism to Desperation – the Fall of Ulster Unionism”

Susan McKay, Journalist

March 18, 2022 · 4:30 pm5:30 pm · James Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau Street

Lewis Center for the Arts and the Fund for Irish Studies

The Fund for Irish Studies returns to in-person events with the lecture “From Triumphalism to Desperation – the Fall of Ulster Unionism” by journalist Susan McKay in which she discusses her new book, Northern Protestants – On Shifting Ground. McKay shares that in 2021 unionists in Ireland attempted to celebrate the centenary of Northern Ireland and in 2022 they collapsed its government. Political unionism is hardening into a nostalgia for the sectarian state that the Good Friday Agreement dismantled, but McKay’s book explores the surprising diversity of thought among people from a Protestant background who are impatient with narrowness, open to new ideas and welcoming of the potential for political change. Introduced by Professor Paul Muldoon.

Free and open to the public; tickets required through University Ticketing at tickets.princeton.edu. All guests are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to the maximum extent, which now includes a COVID booster shot for all eligible to receive it, and to wear a mask when indoors. Speakers may be unmasked while presenting.

Guests in need of access accommodations are invited to contact the Lewis Center at least one week in advance at LewisCenter@princeton.edu.

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