Tenth Anniversary

10th Anniversary Celebrations for International Summer School 2010

The under-noted material was published to highlight the 10th Anniversary of the Summer School, which subsequently turned out to have the largest number of participants of any of the previous years:

Global invite to Queen’s 10th Irish Studies International Summer School 2010

Queen’s University Belfast is calling on Irish culture, history and politics enthusiasts worldwide to join in its 10th annual Institute of Irish Studies International Summer School.  Over the last decade, more than 400 people from over 20 countries have participated in the School in order to learn about Irish and Northern Irish cultures.

This year’s summer school will take place from 19 July until 6 August 2010. Dr Dominic Bryan, Director of the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen’s said: “For ten years, Queen’s International Summer School has welcomed people from home and around the world who want to explore Irish culture, politics, literature and language.

“In 1965, Queen’s became the first university in Ireland or the UK to establish an Institute of Irish Studies, so we are well placed to offer a unique perspective of the relationship between Irishness and Britishness found in Northern Ireland.

“The School offers learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. During their visit, participants meet with MLAs at Stormont and local church and community group leaders. They also visit the PSNI to learn about community policing in post-conflict Northern Ireland.

“Internationally acclaimed scholars will deliver lectures on everything from history and politics to music, film, theatre, literature and the Irish language and Ulster-Scots. There will be a visit to the North Coast and the Giant’s Causeway, a tour of Belfast, Derry/Londonderry and a Ceilidh in the University’s Great Hall.”

Michael Merrifield from Saddleback College in California has been bringing students to the Summer School for eight years. Mr Merrifield said: “Belfast is a fascinating city with rich history and culture and it has undergone unprecedented change in recent years. To be exposed to this culture is as much a part of the summer school experience as the academic programme itself. Queen’s is the ideal place for students to engage in lively debate and discussion about Ireland and Irish Studies. I have no doubt that, like me, they will find it a rewarding and enjoyable experience and return again in the future.”

Nancy Anderson from Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, USA, is now in her second year of PhD studies at Queen’s Institute of Irish Studies, having completed the Summer School in 2007.

Nancy said: “The Irish Studies Summer School offers the perfect balance of academic and social activities and attracts people of all ages and backgrounds.  For me, taking part in the Summer School was an incredibly enjoyable, interesting and rewarding experience, after which I decided to move to Belfast to pursue my PhD studies. Belfast is a wonderful city. It is easy to travel to, is one of the safest cities in the UK and Ireland, and the people here are incredibly friendly. There is no better place to explore Ireland’s rich history and culture.”



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