Human Rights & Action Learning Community Welcomes New Faculty Director


The Human Rights and Action Learning Community Welcomes Brendan Kane as the new Faculty Director. Brendan Kane Headshot

Brendan Kane is Associate Professor of History and of Literatures, Cultures and Languages at UConn and he is honored and delighted to have the chance to serve as the Faculty Director of the Human Rights and Action Learning Community. The foundational intellectual motivation guiding his work in the archive, the classroom and the public concerns the ways that people recognize and negotiate difference. As a research focus, that interest manifests in comparative study of early modern Ireland and England, with particular attention to colonialism and encounter. He is the author of The Politics and Culture of Honour in Early Modern Britain and Ireland, 1541-1641 (Cambridge UP, 2010) and co-editor with Valerie McGowan-Doyle of the collection Elizabeth I and Ireland (Cambridge UP, 2014). In 2013, he co-curated an exhibition at the Folger with Thomas Herron, Nobility and Newcomers in Renaissance Ireland, and co-wrote the catalog of the same name.

Brendan has a particular interest in the Irish language, an Ghaeilge, both as a research source and as a living vernacular. In addition to overseeing the Irish language curriculum at UConn, he is a founding co-director of Léamh.org, a digital project which seeks to assist those wishing to engage with Early Modern Irish texts, c. 1200-1700. (Léamh = Read)

His interest in encounter and the challenges of negotiating difference carries over to contemporary society as well. He is founding co-director of the Encounters Series, a program for public dialogue that links scholarly research with community concerns, and the founding and current Director of UConn’s Democracy and Dialogues Initiative, housed in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center under the aegis of the Human Rights.

He is very excited to work with the students of HRALC and fortunate to do so in collaboration with Rachel Jackson and Anamaria Arteaga.