from 11:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Feature guest speaker:
Dr. Tara-Keenan Thomson from the
New York Civil Liberties Union
Dr.Tara Keenan-Thomson has been executive director of the Nassau Chapter since March, 2006. Prior to her current job, Keenan-Thomson was a graduate teaching assistant in Ireland, an adjunct assistant professor of history in New York City, and a high school English teacher on Long Island.
Keenan-Thomson's doctoral research on the history of women and radical street politics in both parts of Ireland tapped a long-standing interest in social justice issues. Her past volunteer experiences include telephone counseling at the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, helping to coordinate an international conference of human rights defenders at Dublin Castle with Frontline Defenders, acting as a voter registration agent for Americans living in Ireland through Democrats Abroad, and conducting Hurricane Katrina relief work in Mississippi with the American Red Cross. Along with her husband, she continues to volunteer with the American Red Cross as a shelter manager.
She earned a BA and an MA from New York University, as well as a PhD from Trinity College Dublin's Centre for Contemporary Irish History.