Cultural Seminar: 1st November, 7pm – 9pm, FREE

Exhibition: 29th October – 4th November, during public opening hours, FREE


Luton Irish Forum hosts the return of its popular Cultural Seminars with a presentation by Dr Simon Prince Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University and Publisher of Northern Ireland’s 68: Civil Rights, Global Revolt and origins of the Troubles.

The seminar coincides with our hosting of a week-long exhibition entitled Voices of 68 from the National Museum of Northern Ireland in partnership with Dr Chris Reynolds Associate Professor at the Nottingham Trent University. Voices of 68 is a new exhibition from National Museums Northern Ireland, in partnership with Dr Chris Reynolds, which encourages a fresh look at this crucial period in Northern Ireland’s history. It is told in the words of some of those most directly involved at the time.

Tom Scanlon, Chair of Luton Irish Forum said ‘50 years ago, a small group of Northern Irish Citizens campaigned and marched for their basic human rights. The reaction of the authorities and establishment shocked, not only the people of Ireland, but Europe and the wider world. This seminar allows us the opportunity to reflect on those recent events and indeed question if there has been any change in the response of the establishment to the wishes and rights of ordinary people either in the United Kingdom or worldwide.’

A drinks reception and Q&A session will follow.

Luton Irish Forum, 102 Hitchin Road, Luton LU2 0ES
Advance booking is essential / Doors open at 6.30pm/ Free parking onsite and in adjacent public car park

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Dr Reynolds is an Associate Professor in Contemporary French and European Studies and The Nottingham Trent University. Before his appointment at NTU, he completed two years on a temporary lectureship in French at the University. His main research interests are in relation to the events of 1968. Having initially focussed on the French events of Mai 68, he has widened his analysis to examine the period from a European perspective including the events of 1968 in Northern Ireland and published his second monograph entitled Sous les paves…The Troubles: France, Northern Ireland and the European Collective memory of 1968 with Peter Lang.

Dr Simon Prince is Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University. He was an undergraduate and postgraduate history student at St John’s College, University of Cambridge. Since completing his PhD in 2005, Simon has held posts at the University of Oxford, Queen’s University Belfast and King’s College London. His research interests span several overlapping fields within contemporary British, Irish and Global history. He is particularly concerned with how relations between the local, national and transnational shaped protest movements and the production of violence. He teaches modern British and European history including The Northern Irish Troubles and published Northern Ireland’s ’68: Civil Rights, Global Revolt and the Origins of the Troubles.

Voices of 68 Exhibition & Cultural Seminar