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Moderator: Fiona de Buis, Waterville.

Fionnghuala Sweeney, “Daniel O’Connell, Frederick Douglass and the Campaign against Slavery”. Fionnghuala is Senior Lecturer in American Literature at Newcastle University. Her research concentrates on the African-American and Caribbean literature and visual culture of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, literary connections between Ireland and the Black Atlantic, and Afromodernism. Among her numerous publications is the much-acclaimed Frederick Douglass and the Atlantic World (2007)

Hugh Gough, “Fifty Years On: General de Gaulle’s Visit to Derrynane”. Hugh is Professor Emeritus of French History at University College, Dublin. He has published extensively on the history of the French Revolution as well as on contemporary France. He also addressed the earlier O’Connell School during the 1980s. He recently published a second edition of Terror in the French Revolution.

Closing Remarks: Mary O’Connor, Chairperson of the Organising Committee