As you might have calculated, we returned to the U.S. on that Saturday that the world saw those crazy pictures at O’Hare after the President’s announcement to shut down the U.S. [Nothing like hearing from him that “no one from Europe” will be allowed back to the U.S. and taking 2 hours from 1:30 a.m.-3:30 … Continue reading Ireland Reflections 2020–Final Thoughts
For our last day on the trip, we headed for Stormont – home to the Northern Ireland Assembly for our morning excursion. As Morgan Henson noted, “the Parliament building in Belfast was a truly interesting experience. After going through what some might call a gauntlet of stories about The Troubles all week, we finally arrived … Continue reading Ireland Reflections 2020–Last Day!
After some longer days of travel, the group took a welcomed short trip to Cultúrlann – the Irish Language Center – in Belfast. For 3L Margaret Spring, this “was one of the most rewarding experiences of our trip.” She recalled the visit “reminded me that no matter how much a culture tries to be erased, … Continue reading Ireland Reflections 2020–Back to Belfast
While Tuesday gave us a pretty clear view of the Troubles from the perspective of the Catholic community, Wednesday was the opposite and brought us face to face with the pain of the Protestants in Northern Ireland. A quick two-hour bus ride out of Belfast led us to the office of the South East Fermanagh … Continue reading Ireland Reflections 2020–Border Tours & Femanagh
Happy Monday to all–this continues the Ireland blog posts which I’ll have for the rest of this week! The visit to Derry was so filled with content that I divided this into two posts. The morning (as outlined in the last post) was a walking tour of the neighborhoods and visiting the museum. After a … Continue reading Ireland Reflections 2020–Derry Girls (and Boys) Part 2
There’s been a bunch of emails circulating about sharing poems or other inspirational sayings to get us through this pandemic. And, while I have not had any inclination to write something more intellectual, I did get inspired to write a poem! So, for your Saturday reading pleasure, I offer the following: It’s a F***cking Quarantine By Andrea … Continue reading It’s a F**cking Quarantine!
On Tuesday morning of our trip (after a full day in Belfast), we hopped on the bus and headed to Derry… or Londonderry, depending with whom you are talking. (And for a very funny take on the situation in Derry during the Troubles, see Derry Girls.) From the name(s) themselves, it was clear that this … Continue reading Ireland Reflections 2020–Derry Girls (and Boys) Part 1
We were greeted for our first morning in Belfast by both our tour guide and some traditional Irish weather. Our quite rainy walking tour took us through many locations deeply connected to the time of the Troubles. It was during this walking tour we were quickly confronted with the very real and lasting impact of … Continue reading Ireland Reflections 2020–Belfast and the Peace Walls
As lots of good Sundays do, our Sunday morning in Dublin began with a drive. The group rode through Dublin’s Phoenix Park with the opportunity to view Áras an Uachtaráin – the President’s home–which was quite lovely. And then we went to visit the historic Kilmainham Goal. Kilmainham Gaol is a prison in Dublin that … Continue reading Ireland Reflections 2020–Dublin–Going to Jail & Guinness
At the end of our first day in Dublin, we spent some time learning about the impact of the potato famine on Ireland and on the world. We visited the Jeanie Johnston, an authentic replica of a transport ship commonly used during the Great Famine/Great Hunger that is docked in Dublin and serves as a memorial to … Continue reading Ireland Reflections 2020–Famine & Emigration
In what seems to be the theme for this Spring 2020 Semester, we made a change in this year’s spring break trip. Instead of heading to Israel, our traditional trip for the last decade, a group of 30 students two faculty, and myself headed to Ireland and Northern Ireland for a look at Comparative Conflict … Continue reading Ireland Reflections 2020
Hi all and happy new year! For class this year, I am adding a delightful hilarious new video that talks about negotiation ethics in a really accessible way. The very talented Liz Tippett has created, as one of her Law Lab projects, a video interviewing Michael Moffitt on his latest article published in the University of Chicago … Continue reading Settlement Fails