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Launch of new book by Aaron Edwards on the UVF

A new book by Aaron Edwards (Sandhurst), entitled UVF: Behind the Mask (Merrion Press), was launched in No Alibis bookstore in Belfast on Wednesday 28th June. The book covers the history of the Ulster Volunteer Force from the formation of its post-1965 incarnation up to the present day. Journalist and broadcaster Malachi O’Doherty spoke at the launch, which was supported by the PSAI.

Aaron Edwards at the launch of his book ‘UVF: Behind the Mask’

Book award for Peter Stone (TCD)

A book edited by Tim Madigan (St. John Fisher College) and Peter Stone (Trinity College Dublin), entitled Bertrand Russell: Public Intellectual (Tiger Bark Press) has received the 2017 Bertrand Russell Society Book Award. More information about the book can be found here.

Tim Madigan and Peter Stone receive the Bertrand Russell Society Book Award

Inspiring, Inciting and Enlightening : Teaching Politics in our Universities

PSAI teaching and learning specialist group event.

September 18th 2015, NUI offices, Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

Keynote speaker : President Michael D. Higgins.

On September 18th 2015, the PSAI teaching and learning specialist group held a one-day conference on “Teaching politics in our universities: inspiring, inciting and enlightening” to discuss the significance of education in, for and about politics in our institutions of higher education.

This well attended conference brought together students, academics, the media, politicians, educationalists and managers.

Dr. Brid Quinn, Professor David Farrell,
Dr. Clodagh Harris, Dr. Theresa Reidy
and Dr. Chris McInerney

Dr. Brid Quinn, Professor John Craig,
Dr. Clodagh Harris and Dr. Attracta Halpin

Professor John Craig (Leeds Beckett University) delivered the keynote speech on “Linking academic study and practice”.

Professor Craig also presented the PSAI prize and special award 2014 to Dr. Theresa Reidy (UCC) and Dr. Chris McInerney (UL) respectively.

It also hosted a panel discussion on “Why teaching and learning politics is important for society” that included Senator Fiach MacConghail (Director Abbey Theatre), Lorraine McIlrath (Community Knowledge Initiative, NUIG), Noel Whelan (Barrister and media commentator) and Michelle O’Donnell Keating (Women for election and DCU).

Dr. Theresa Reidy and Dr. Chris McInerney

At the PSAI teaching and learning specialist group’s conference on Friday September 18th, Dr. Theresa Reidy (UCC) was awarded the PSAI prize for excellence in teaching and learning (2014) and Dr. Chris McInerney received the PSAI special award for leadership and scholarship of Problem Based Learning in Political Science (2014).

The papers and keynote presentation can be accessed here.

Launch of The Democratic Unionist Party : From Protest to Power

On 17th June the launch of the book “The Democratic Unionist Party : From Protest to Power” (2014, Oxford University Press) took place in the University of Ulster Belfast Campus.

For a full report about the launch, click here.

Tom Hennessey, Sophie Whiting, Peter Robinson, Jim McAuley, Máire Braniff and Jon Tonge

The photo shows the First Minister of Northern Ireland and Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, Mr. Peter Robinson with the book’s authors Jon Tonge (Liverpool), Máire Braniff (UU), Tom Hennessey (Canterbury), Jim McAuley (Huddersfield) and Sophie Whiting (Liverpool).

Launch of Lessons from the Northern Ireland Peace Process

PSAI sponsored the launch of “Lessons from the Northern Ireland Peace Process”, edited by Timothy J. White of Xavier University and published by the University of Wisconsin Press, in the O’Rahilly Building at University College Cork at May 30th.

Mary C. Murphy, Timothy J. White and Martin Mansergh

Several members of the academic community and media attended the launch.  Dr. Mansergh who wrote the forward to the edited volume had high praise for the book at the launch.

He focused on the collection’s contributions by Irish, American, Canadian, and British scholars, especially focusing on the quality of the American contributors.

He said in part :

Lessons from the Northern Ireland Peace Process is a guide for students and policy-makers designed to glean points of more general interest and application, recognizing of course the particularities of the Northern Ireland situation, and that there are likely to be features there that may not be readily transferable to other situations.

Mansergh also commented that the volume furthered our understanding of the Northern Ireland conflict and would be found on reading lists on both sides of the Atlantic in years to come.

The edited volume focuses on ten lessons that are explored in depth by the contributors.  They include:  William Hazleton, Landon Hancock, Wendy Ann Wiedenhoft Murphy, Mindy Peden, John Doyle, Paul Dixon, Sean Byrne, Andrew Owsiak, Mary Alice Clancy, and Robert Snyder.

Mary C. Murphy of UCC who hosted the launch noted that :

This edited collection constitutes a very fine piece of work. It brings together a uniquely diverse group of scholars and disciplines to interrogate the finer details of the Northern Ireland peace process.