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2017 Karen Lemke Lecture

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JANUARY 29, 2017 | 2 P.M., MAINE IRISH HERITAGE CENTER, CORNER OF STATE AND GRAY STREETS, PORTLAND

The first public screening of “Building Bridges: Connections Between Maine’s Governor Joseph Brennan and Senator George Mitchell”: A Documentary Film by Dr. Michael C. Connolly

Joe Brennan and George MitchellIn 1980, Maine’s Governor Joseph Brennan chose George Mitchell – then a Federal judge – to fill the Senate seat left vacant by President Jimmy Carter’s appointment of Edmund Muskie to the position of Secretary of State. This appointment furthered an already-distinguished career for Mitchell, who went on to negotiate the landmark peace agreement in Northern Ireland. Using archival footage and extensive personal interviews with both Governor Brennan and Senator Mitchell, Dr. Michael Connolly of Saint Joseph’s College presents a documentary film that explores the behind-the-scenes story of this surprising political decision and its consequences for Maine and the nation.

 

Michael Connolly

Dr. Michael Connolly is a professor of history & a 2016 Claddagh Award Recipient.

Admission: $5/Free for MIHC members and the Saint Joseph’s College Community

For More Information: 207.780.0118 or www.maineirish.com

WCSH TV runs video segment of Dr. Connolly’s Building Bridges.

The Karen Lemke Lecture Series is presented by the Saint Joseph’s College Cultural Affairs Committee, in partnership with the Maine Irish Heritage Center, to honor the memory of Dr. Karen Lemke, a long-time faculty member in the Department of Education at Saint Joseph’s College.