Roger Casement, human rights, and 1916

Public talk on Casement to take place in Galway City Library

Roger Casement.

Roger Casement.

ROGER CASEMENT was a human rights and progressive anti-colonial campaigner, also involved in the 1916 Rising, and will be the subject of a public talk in Galway next week.

Entitled Roger Casement and Galway in 1916, the talk will be given by Angus Mitchell, a foremost authority on Casement, in the Galway City Library, on Thursday April 7 at 6pm.

Born in Africa, educated in England, resident in Ireland, Angus Mitchell has studied the life and legacy of Roger Casement and a group of associated radicals, pacifists, feminists, cosmopolitan nationalists, internationalists, and other critics of empire. To date, his published research has focused largely on Roger Casement’s work in Africa and South America.

Mitchell's work has helped retrieve the former diplomat into the history of human rights and reinvigorated academic interest in Casement. His work has cast vital new light on Casement’s entanglement with British intelligence and the controversial Black Diaries, which have largely defined Casement’s myth in the public imagination. Mitchell has long made the argument, along with other historians, that these documents are forgeries.

The event will be hosted by NUIG's Dr John Cunningham. It is organised by The Liam and Tom O’Flaherty Society. All are welcome.

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