UCC establishes links with Paraguay

Annual Lecture series in honour of Cork-born Eliza Lynch

Annual Lecture series in honour of Cork-born Eliza Lynch

  • 23 Jan 2017

The Ministry of Education and Culture, Paraguay and University College Cork have established an Annual Lecture Series along with an Eliza Lynch Postgraduate Scholarship in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences.

UCC was selected to host the Irish inauguration of an Exhibition on the Irish in Latin America in January 2017 with President Higgins as a leading University in Ireland in engagement with Latin America. The Exhibition includes the history of notable Irish figures who contributed to revolutionary processes in Latin America, and includes a Cork native, Eliza Lynch, who became the unofficial Queen of Paraguay in the 1850s.

In acknowledgement of this historic link, the Ministry of Education and Culture, Paraguay and University College Cork have established an Annual Lecture Series along with an Eliza Lynch Postgraduate Scholarship in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences.

The inaugural event of this exciting new partnership consisted in a Round Table with participants José Gabriel Arce Farina, Vice-Minister for Higher Education, Paraguay; Patricia Coughlan, Professor Emerita in English, Nuala Finnegan, Professor in Latin American Studies and Cliona Maher, International Office, University College Cork.

The Delegation also visited Charleville, Eliza Lynch’s place of birth, where a talk was given by Vice-Minister Arce in the local Library on Saturday 21st January, hosted by the local Historic Society, visited her place of birth and received an official copy of her baptismal certificate.

Given the figure of Eliza Lynch and UCC’s strengths in Latin American Studies, History and Women’s studies, a full scholarship will be offered to a Paraguayan student to pursue an MA/PhD in an area of women's history/culture (writing/art/cinema).

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