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The Travels of Timothy: A Fascinating Talk by Dr. Kerby Miller, CNU’s Scholar in Residence in History

The Travels of Timothy: The Amazing Adventures and Woeful Escapades of a Young Irishman in North and South America, 1920-1924

James Quinn (alias Tim O’Brien), was a young Irish Catholic who in 1920 fled personal and political “troubles” in his native Belfast. His travels took him from the Amazon Jungle to Havana, Cuba, with many colorful stops along the way. He sought fame and fortune in Jazz Age America, and worked in Hollywood with Charlie Chaplin before he was arrested, convicted, and vanished. His letters also reveal the broader contexts of Irish immigration and mobility as well as the political, economic, and cultural forces in the Americas at the time.

Tuesday, February 27 at 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Trible Library Theater

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