Global Irish Studies at Georgetown University, in conjunction with Georgetown’s Humanities Initiative and Solas Nua, present:
REPUBLIC OF SHAME: IRELAND’S CULTURE OF SECRECY
A conversation with authors
Caelainn Hogan and Caitríona Palmer
This event took place on
THURSDAY, JANUARY 28 • 5 PM ET / 10 PM GMT
Join Caelainn Hogan (author of Republic of Shame: how Ireland punished ‘fallen women’ and their children) and Caitríona Palmer (author of An Affair with my Mother: a story of adoption, secrecy and love) as they discuss their ground-breaking recent books about the culture of secrecy surrounding childbirth, institutionalization, and adoption in Ireland.
Praise for Republic of Shame:
'Achingly powerful ... There will be many people who don't want to read Republic of Shame , for fear it will be too much, too dark, too heavy. Please don't be afraid. Read it. Look it in the eye'
- Irish Times
'At least in The Handmaid's Tale they value babies, mostly. Not so in the true stories here'
- Margaret Atwood
“[A] sensitive, can’t-look-away book … Through moving stories, Hogan shows how the past is still present”
Praise for An Affair with my Mother:
“A forensic account of how it feels to be…excluded from the facts of your own life. In its commitment to family love, to joy and truth, it is a gift.”
- Anne Enright, winner of the Man Booker Prize