Trump, Brexit and human evolution: Galway International Arts Festival First Thought Talks series returns for another engaging weekend

What do Brexit, Trump, human evolution and the US all have in common? All will be discussed this Saturday, September 12, at a meeting Galway International Arts Festival’s First Thought Talks provided in conjunction with NUI Galway as part of the festival’s Autumn Edition program.

Always a popular feature of the Festival, the First Thought Talks series came back last week with compelling and informative stories from the likes of Professor Luke O’Neill, Fintan O’Toole, FerT Bowers of RTÉ and David McCullagh, Drs. Catherine Motherway, Prof. Diarmaid Ferriter, Minister Eamon Ryan, Róisín Ingle and many others.

This week, you could catch the Pulitzer Prize winner, Harvard professor and former US ambassador to the United Nations. Samantha Power discussing the current state of the US; Glenn Paterson, author and author of Backstop Land and Claire Hanna, Belfast South SDLP MP for Brexit and Northern Ireland; author Gaia Vince discusses the social influence on human evolution; journalist Marion McKeone of The Sunday Business Post in an interview with NUIG law professor Larry Donnelly on the future of Trump in this year’s election.

The Black Box Stadium in Galway is playing a discussion this year with all the social media tips that are followed for anyone who wants to watch it individually. All the topics are discussed in more detail and can be viewed later at the Galway International Arts Festival’s page, YouTube video and Facebook page.

The Galway International Arts Festival’s Autumn Edition will continue until September 26th in the city where visitors can also see the Mirror Pavillion, a spectacular outdoor display by John Gerrard on Claddagh Quay. It will be transferred to Derrigimlagh Bog in Connemara in October and is part of Galway 2020, a European Capital of Culture program.

For more information on the Galway International Arts Festival’s Autumn Edition, visit:

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