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Irish History Lecture
October 11, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
“‘Celtic’ Crosses and the Myth of Whiteness”
Professor of Art History
William Paterson University
Monday, October 11, 2021
What is a “Celtic” cross and how has its meaning shifted over time? Most recently, the term and image have been picked up by extreme nationalist and white supremacist groups. In this lecture, Professor Williams will use Irish examples—and the history of tension between Irish- and African-Americans— to offer a critical perspective on the “Celtic” cross. Professor Wiliams’ aim is to help dismantle the white supremacist narrative that seeks to oversimplify the history of medieval Irish images, and ultimately weaponizes the past against people of color and Jewish people in the modern world.
Professor Elizabeth Lapina will serve as commentator.
Sponsored by the Department of History. This lecture is made possible thanks to the generosity of Dr. Jane McLamarrah ‘74 and Mr. Michael Kohl ‘71.