Professor Jim Vincent gave a lecture on the parallels between the Irish-Catholic emancipation movement and the US abolitionist movement on January 22, 2015. Daniel O’Connell, the political leader of the Irish-Catholics, was a huge influence on Frederick Douglass and his famous abolitionist writings and speeches. After Professor Vincent’s lecture, he opened up the room for discussion. The audience was a very diverse group with athletes, professors, students from many different majors, and a Rooney Scholar. A lively, academic group discussion began that explored many topics including the definition of fundamental human rights and civil rights. Many different perspectives and opinions were expressed.