Sunday, 15 June 2008

Ulster Symposium in Late June

This is a reminder for our readers who will be in Ireland about the upcoming Ulster American Heritage Symposium which will be held at the Ulster American Folk Park, 25-28 June, 2008.

The Ulster American Folk Park is easy to get to and there is a lot to see and do there as well. The Folk Park is located in Castletown, which is just to the north of Omagh, very close to the beautiful Sperrin Mountains. Not to be missed is a trip into the Sperrins to have a pint in the Ponderosa, the highest pub in Ireland; great pub grub there too, and live music if you catch them at the right time.

below, the Ponderosa Pub

The talks are open to the public for a nominal fee, one can attend individual lectures. There are several interesting themes being covered; New Perspectives on race and ethnicity, Migration and evidence of Art, Music and song, Challenging stereotypes, and Family Connections and Cultural Expressions, just to name a few.

above, third from the left is William Roulston, one of the chairs at the symposium, seen here being interviewed by the BBC

This is an excellent opportunity to hang out with some of the leading historians, writers, etc., in the field of Ulster history, society and culture. The events are a lot of fun with ad hoc discussion groups forming in the pubs into the night.

The particular theme of the meeting in 2008 will be 'Changing Perspectives, 1607-2007' with the aim of presenting and exploring recent research that challenges habitual ways of thinking about the historical relationship between Ulster and North America over the last four hundred years.

Further information can be found on the Centre for Migration Studies website.

Barry R McCain

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