The 20th Biennial Ulster-American Heritage Symposium will take place June 26-28 in the University of Georgia Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. The symposium, titled “Contacts, Contests, and Contributions: Ulster-Americans in War and Society,” is sponsored by the T.R.R. Cobb House, the Scotch-Irish Society of the USA, the Georgia Humanities Council, the UGA Department of History, and the Willson Center.
The aim of the symposium will be to explore the transatlantic emigration, settlement, and continued experience of people from the north of Ireland. The event will bring together national and international scholars to present new research about these emigrants, their roles in American life, their roles, relationships and assimilation into American society, and their legacies in order to build a more meaningful understanding of those who share our Ulster-American heritage.
The symposium will use the sesquicentennial of the Civil War to garner new research on those who served in the conflict. David Gleeson of Northumbria University in Newcastle, England, author of the recent work The Green and The Grey: The Irish in the Confederate States of America, will be the keynote speaker.