James Waller to speak at Monadnock Summer Lyceum

  • James Waller will speak at the Monadnock Summer Lyceum about the period of time known as “The Troubles,” when violence ruled Northern Ireland. Courtesy photo—

Published: 7/18/2019 9:59:41 AM

On Sunday, July 21 at 11 a.m. come to the Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church and hear an update on Northern Ireland’s troubled sleep 50 years after the time period from 1968 to 1998 known as “The Troubles,” when violence ruled.

Keene State professor James Waller, author of a sixth book “A Troubled Sleep: Risk and Resilience in Contemporary Northern Ireland”, scheduled for late 2019 release, will share his informed view of the present and future of this historical hot spot.

Waller has spent over a hundred hours in face-to-face interviews with politicians, activists, former political prisoners, legal experts and religious leaders across Northern Ireland. In addition, he has previous experience working on risk and resilience in regard to conflict and atrocity prevention. Most importantly he sees there is much to be learned from Northern Ireland’s past and present as a mirror to the broader world conflicts and shared futures.

Moderating the discussion will be David Blair, who is a trainer with the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding, and has personally seen the transformative power of dialogue in moving both societies and individuals to healing and reconciliation. Sponsored by Rivermead, the speaker will begin at 11 a.m. but plan to arrive at 10:30 and enjoy the music of Matt Harris (fiddle) and Scott Lemire (tenor banjo). All are also invited to stay for a reception hosted by Cooper’s Hill Public House.


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