The center of Dublin in the aftermath of the Easter Rising.
The center of Dublin in the aftermath of the Easter Rising.

LOWELL -- UMass Lowell will focus on the stories and significance behind Ireland's quest for independence, its connection to World War I and its effect on Irish-Americans on at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 7-8. The two-day event is open to the public.

"Remembering 1916: The Easter Rising, The Battle of the Somme and Impact on Lowell," presented by the UMass Lowell Center for Irish Partnerships and Queen's University Belfast, will see more than 100 historians, archeologists, students and Irish and American leaders taking part. The conference will explore the effect and legacy of the Easter Rising rebellion by Irish nationalists who sought to end British rule and establish independence. The weeklong insurrection in April 1916 came just months before military units from Northern Ireland and Ireland fought side-by-side in World War I's Battle of the Somme in France, which became one of the deadliest military engagements in history.

The cost to attend is $50 per person, including all sessions and lunch on Thursday. Registration deadline is Monday, Sept. 5. To register and for updates, visit www.uml.edu/international-programs/Irish/1916-Conference/default.aspx.



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