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Zentangle: Tangled Spectrum

This course explores the foremost social, economic, and political issues facing Ireland today. We’ll identify these issues and examine how the Irish government has either sought to or failed to address them. 

We will also look at the events leading up to the splitting of the island into two countries, The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Why is it two countries and how do the Irish continue to negotiate this split? 

Other issues include how Brexit influenced the contemporary situation, the role of the Catholic Church in modern Ireland, and the lingering ghosts of Northern Ireland’s Troubles. Additional topics will emerge from our discussion and will be determined by the interests of students.

Susan Facknitz had the pleasure of teaching creative writing and Irish and American Literature courses at JMU for 32 years. She led six-week Study Abroad courses in Ireland four times and has traveled widely in Europe. Teaching and writing are her passions along with social justice. She was a history and English major as an undergraduate and holds an M.F.A. from the University of Virginia.



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