Fiddick Lecture Series

Thomas Fiddick served as professor of history at the University of Evansville from the fall quarter of 1963 to the spring semester of 2002. In the 39 years he spent at the University, he was a dedicated teacher, a productive scholar, and a tireless fighter in the cause of justice. His untimely death on the day of his retirement in 2002 stunned the entire University of Evansville community, especially his many former students. It was from the former students' efforts in particular, with the support of Tom Fiddick's friends and the University, that the annual Thomas C. Fiddick Memorial Lecture was established.

2016 Lecture

“Ireland’s Revolution 1916: Patrick Pearse and Education”
Friday, October 28, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Daire Keogh is Cregan Professor of History at Dublin City University. He has served as president of St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra since 2012. He has published extensively, on the history of popular politics, religion, and education in Ireland. A former Government of Ireland Senior Research Fellow, he is currently principal investigator of an Irish Research Council funded project to publish the extensive correspondence of Cardinal Paul Cullen (1803-78).

Professor Keogh is a graduate of the National University of Ireland, Trinity College, the Gregorian University in Rome and Glasgow University. He has a strong profile as a historian and an educationalist. He has lectured widely at universities in Europe, America, and Australia.

Past Lectures

  • “American Professional Sports and Political Activism”
    Friday, October 30, 2015
    Dr. Steven P. Gietschier, Associate Professor of History at Lindenwood University

  • “The GI Generation: Sending American Soldiers into Battle in World War II.”
    Friday, October 10, 2014
    Theodore Wilson, University of Kansas professor of history

  • “Changing Views of Islam in Spain Between the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period”
    Friday, November 1, 2013
    Olivia Remie Constable, professor of medieval history and the Robert M. Conway director of the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame

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