Conferences & lectures

Spies, Informers and Fenians: The Origins of the Secret Police in Canada

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

David Wilson


Free and open to the public


Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture and the School of Irish Studies


Matina Skalkogiannis
514 848 2424 x 8711


Henry F. Hall Building
1455 De Maisonneuve W.
Room 1001.01 (McEntee Reading Room - 10th floor)



Public lecture by Professor David A Wilson, University of Toronto
Presented by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture

With a background in modern North Atlantic history, David A. Wilson specializes in Modern Irish History and the Irish in North America. His books include Paine and Cobbett: The Transatlantic ConnectionIreland, a Bicycle and a Tin WhistleUnited Irishmen, United States: Immigrant Radicals in the Early Republic; and The History of the Future. He has edited or co-edited books on Peter Porcupine in America: Pamphlets on Republicanism and RevolutionUlster Presbyterians in the Atlantic WorldThe Orange Order in CanadaIrish Nationalism in Canada; and Irish and Scottish Encounters with Indigenous Peoples.

Prof. Wilson's Thomas D’Arcy McGee, Volume 1: Passion, Reason, and Politics 1825-57 received the Raymond Klibansky Prize from the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and was co-winner of the James S. Donnelly prize given by the American Conferencefor Irish Studies. His Thomas D’Arcy McGee, Volume 2:  The Extreme Moderate won the Canadian Historical Association Political History prize.

Prof. Wilson is a recipient of the Faculty of Arts and Science Outstanding Teaching Award. He is currently the General Editor of the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, and is writing a book on the Fenian underground in Canada.​

This lecture is presented with the generous support of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture

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