On Tuesday evening, an audience of over 100 students, staff, alumnae and guests packed into the concourse of Alexandra College to enjoy a fascinating lecture delivered by the renowned historian Professor Roy Foster. Professor Foster is currently the Carroll Professor of Irish History at Hertford College, Oxford. Prior to his current appointment he was Professor of Modern British History at University of London. Some of his published works include, Charles Stewart Parnell: The Man and His Family and Lord Randolph Churchill: A Political Life.
This was not Professor Foster’s first time visiting Alexandra College, having delivered the Ardilaun lecture 19 years ago in 1997. His lecture at this year’s Alex150 event was entitled ‘Women, Radicalisation and the Irish Revolution.’ The lecture focused on the processes and factors that lead the women of Ireland to be radicalised in the years leading up to and indeed after the 1916 revolution, through pivotal movements like the Land League, and through social changes like the growth of women’s education, that Alexandra College had such a large role to play in.
Following the lecture Tim Fanning, son of Ronan Fanning, introduced and officially launched the book edited by his father, Pioneering Alexandrans 1866-2016. The book, which was specially commissioned for the Alex150 celebrations, charts the lives and accomplishments of 77 Alexandrans that ‘reflect the diversity that encapsulates the pioneers, innovators and reformers from one of Ireland’s most prestigious educational establishments.” A limited number of these books are now available to by from the College for €25.