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Dr. Justin Stover

Ireland through Symbol & Song

The Irish historical record is built upon folk tradition, religious identity, and political expression. Popular politics, social protest, cultural revival, and a rebellious tradition all inhabit the symbolism of Ireland through a variety of physical and cultural outlets. This talk explores Ireland’s diverse history through its many social, political, and cultural symbols. It touches on major events such as the Great Irish Potato Famine, 1916 Easter rebellion, the Northern Irish Troubles.

War & Peace in Modern Europe

Modern Europe and its people have been shaped by destructive wars and efforts toward collective peace. This talk explores the causes, impacts, effects, and legacies of war and peace in Europe from the French Revolution through the Second World War. It examines social and political movements as well as military innovations, literary responses to war as well as cultural expressions of conflict. Overall, this talk argues that despite their unprecedented lethal nature, the levels and frequency of war and violence since the French Revolution pale in comparison to the daily violence experienced throughout most of human history, and have in fact helped to create a more peaceful world. This talk will ask students to assume roles of various historical actors in order to consider contexts for war and peace.

State Standards

This presentation meets the following state education standards for high school students:

Social Studies

World History and Civilization

6-9.WHC.1.8.1 Find examples of how writing, art, architecture, mathematics, and science have evolved in civilizations over time.

6-9.WHC.1.9.1 Explain the relationship between religion and the people’s understanding of the natural world.

6-9.WHC.1.9.2 Explain how religion shaped the development of civilizations.

6-9.WHC.1.9.3 Discuss how religion influenced social behavior and created social order.

6-9.WHC.5.1.1 Explain common reasons and consequences for the breakdown of order among nation-states, such as conflicts about national interests, ethnicity, and religion; competition for resources and territory; the absence of effective means to enforce international law.

6-9.WHC.5.1.2 Explain the global consequences of major conflicts in the 20th century, such as World War I; World War II and the Holocaust; and the Cold War.


World Languages


Relating cultural practices to perspective

Standard CLTR 1: Investigate, explain and reflect on the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures studied in the target language.

Objective: CLTR 1.1 Analyze the cultural practices/patterns of behavior accepted as the societal norm in the target culture.

Objective: CLTR 1.2 Explain the relationship between cultural practices/behaviors and the perspectives that represent the target culture’s view of the world.