“UNCWednesday” Series to Showcase Arts and Sciences Faculty Research

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Paul Townend, professor of history and dean of the Undergraduate School, will open the new “UNCWednesday” speaker series at 6 p.m. Jan. 25 with “Early Adopters: The Irish and Globalization.” The event, a panel discussion of his recently published book, “The Road to Home Rule: Anti-Imperialism and the Irish National Movement,” is presented by the College of Arts and Sciences and will also feature Jill Bender of UNC Greensboro and Kevin Kenny of Boston College.

“The College of Arts and Sciences has created a speaker series that invites the public to be part of the academic experience at UNCW,” said CAS Dean Aswani Volety. “While teaching and research are central to the college’s mission, we wanted to enable our faculty to connect with the community on topics that resonate beyond the UNCW campus.”

Townend’s book explores how anti-imperialism helped fuel independence movements and political activism in late 19th-century Ireland. In a recent column for The Irish Times, Townend compared the events of that time to the factors leading to the Brexit movement in Great Britain.

The discussion will take place in the Wrightsville Beach Room (2017) in the Fisher Student Center. A question-and-answer period will follow the 6 p.m. event.

UNCWednesday presentations will focus on CAS faculty research in the arts, sciences, humanities or social sciences. Other spring semester UNCWednesday events will be held Feb. 22, March 22 and April 19. Planning is underway for the 2017-18 series.

-- Tricia Vance