Patrick Radden Keefe on "Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland"


Location: Room 1030 Jenkins Nanovic Hall


Patrick Radden Keefe is an award-winning staff writer at The New Yorker magazine and the author of the New York Times bestseller Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland (Doubleday, 2019).

In his talk at Notre Dame, Mr. Keefe will discuss how people become radicalized in their uncompromising devotion to a cause and how individuals and societies make sense of political violence “once they have passed through the crucible.” 

Students in the History Department’s inaugural Summer Book Club read Say Nothing this year. Over thirty students signed up, and students held a lively dinner discussion over Irish fare on September 9. 

Say Nothing was Winner of the 2019 Orwell Prize for Political Writing and Long-listed for the National Book Award.

Reception and book signing following.


Co-Sponsors:  Department of History/John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy

Read more about Patrick Radden Keefe

Please note that “Some Mother’s Son” (1996) will be screened at 7:30 p.m. the same night, Wednesday, October 2, at the Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, as the fifth film in the series “Screening the Irish Troubles.”  Read more.

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