The Year of Ireland and Irish Heritage will present two very special programs this Thursday, September 22, and the Hill Freeman Library & Spruill Learning Center is fortunate to host both of them.
At 2pm on the third floor of the library, Dr. Elizabeth Corrie of the Candler School of Theology at Emory University will be here to discuss the East Belfast Mission and provide an overview of religious conflict and reconciliation in Northern Ireland. Dr. Corrie traveled to Northern Ireland this past summer as part of Emory's Journeys of Reconciliation program. Dr. Corrie is dedicated to the preparation of young people to become citizens of the world. Her research interests include nonviolent social change, the religious roots of both violence and nonviolence, international peacebuilding initiatives, and character education and moral development in children and youth.
Then at 6pm, also on the third floor of the library, Kevin Conboy will speak on the topic of economic development in Ireland and its ties to the southeastern United States. A dual citizen of Ireland and the United States, Mr. Conboy serves as the president of the Atlanta chapter of the Ireland Chamber of Commerce. He has worked with Irish clients as well as U.S. clients doing business in Ireland, and led a trade mission to Ireland and Northern Ireland in 2007 with Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue. He has served as interim president and on the board of directors for the Atlanta St. Patrick's Foundation, a nonprofit group that works with the Atlanta St. Patrick's Day Parade and raises funds for children's charities.
Click here for a complete schedule of upcoming Year of Ireland and Irish Heritage events.