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The Great Irish Famine: a 19th Century Genocide
Monday, March 20, 2017 | 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Joel Rubin, Ph.D., will discuss the Great Famine that occurred between 1845 and 1852. The Irish Potato Famine, as the Great Famine is known outside of Ireland, is an almost-forgotten example of the suﬀering and eradication of a weaker people who belonged to a religious and social group that were so deliberately targeted for destruction. The tragedy that took place in Ireland has been replicated by various degrees in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries. The Great Famine became an unwitting example that would become the basic pattern for genocides that would follow, many of which we have known during our own lifetimes. This presentation is a review of the failings of governments to ensure the protection of their populations and the potential dangers to the world if they fail in their moral and social obligations.
Dr. Rubin holds Master and Ph.D. degrees in American Literature and a Master Degree in Russian Literature. For the past four years, Joel has delighted our Club membership with multiple presentations including Peter the Great, Katherine the Great, Trotsky the Last Communist, and The Last Tsar Michael II: A Love History.
Members: no charge; Non-members: a $5 donation is requested
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