Department of History: “Brexit’s Irish Troubles: Borders, Violence, National Identities and the Threat to Northern Ireland’s Peace” by Dr. John Burney

FSU to Host History Lecture on “Brexit’s Irish Troubles” by Professor John Burney

As part of the Race Lecture Series, FSU’s Department of History will host a presentation, “Brexit’s Irish Troubles: Borders, Violence, National Identities and the Threat to Northern Ireland’s Peace,” by Dr. John Burney on Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m. in Compton Science Center room 224. This event is free and open to the public.

On March 29, the United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union whether it has an agreement in place or not. One of the three key issues for the EU negotiators has been the relationship of the Republic of Ireland with the U.K.’s Northern Ireland. Negotiators have debated for two years about whether there should be a soft or hard border, with fears that a hard border will return Ireland to a state of violence.

In this presentation, Burney, a professor of European history at Doane University in Crete, Neb., will explore the origins of the crucial issues of borders, identities and violence, as well as explain the way in which Brexit endangers the Irish peace process and threatens the concepts of national identity that led to open borders in Ireland and across the Western world.

Burney has published on the history of French higher education and the political ideology of the French Revolution. He is presently researching the Irish Peace Process of the 1990s as the basis for a new Reacting to the Past game.

This lecture is funded by the Martha T. and Ralph M. Race Western History Lecture Fund.

For more information, contact Dr. Sally Boniece in FSU’s Department of History at

Thursday, March 28 at 7:00pm

Compton Science 224
101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg

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Free and open to the public


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