State Security and Civil Liberty: The Fenians and the Secret Police
Thursday, Nov. 8, 7:30-9 p.m.
Suncor Energy Hall, School of Music
In October 1865, the Fenians – Irish revolutionaries in the United States, dedicated to the independence of Ireland and the destruction of the British Empire – drew up plans to invade Canada.
With deep historical reach, Dr. David A. Wilson’s lecture will answer questions of significant contemporary resonance: How serious was the internal Fenian threat to state security? Could Canadian Fenians be defeated without alienating the broader Irish Catholic community from which they emerged? And, what was the relationship between the needs of state security and the demands of civil liberty?
David A. Wilson is author of several award-winning books of nonfiction, a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, general editor of the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, professor of history and celtic studies at the University of Toronto, and a fine tin whistle player.
All are welcome. A reception will follow and parking is available in Lot 15B.
Presented by Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences