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Professor defends Thoreau's view of Irish

Author: Ann Marie Jakubowski

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Notre Dame English professor Laura Dassow Walls delivered a lecture Friday afternoon exploring new ideas about American writer Henry David Thoreau’s relationship with Irish immigrants in his hometown and their effect on his writing.

The cross-disciplinary lecture sponsored by the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies was titled “‘As You are Brothers of Mine’: Thoreau and the Irish.” In the presentation, Walls sketched a vision of a positive, respectful interaction between Thoreau and the local Irish though “hasty readings” of his work, particularly “Walden,” which might suggest racism or scorn towards the immigrants, she said.  …

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International Scholars Confer to Examine Irish Debt Crisis

Author: Margaret Lloyd

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Questions of unemployment, emigration, economic contraction and the collapse of property prices are the order of the day in the Republic of Ireland today. The government bail-out of the banks has saddled Irish citizens with unimaginable debt burdens.   Stringent government austerity policies urged at the behest of the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and the European Commission, which together bailed out the government, bite deeply in a traumatized society.…

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