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Famine Folios Second Series
Wednesday, October 14
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Program
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Reception
Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum

Join us as we celebrate the launch of the second series of Famine Folios, a unique resource for students, scholars and researchers, as well as general readers, covering many aspects of the Famine in Ireland. The essays are interdisciplinary in nature, and make available new research in Famine studies by internationally established scholars in history, art history, cultural theory, media history, political economy, literature and music.
The following four folios will be released and available to purchase:

L.Perry Curtis Jr., Notice to Quit: The Great Irish Famine Evictions

Michael Foley, Death in Every Paragraph: Journalism & the Great Irish Famine

Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh, “I mBéal an Bháis”: The Great Famine and the Language Shift in nineteenth-century Ireland

Robert Smart, Black Roads: The Famine in Irish Literature

Authors Curtis, Foley, and Smart will all present on their essays. Series editors Grace Brady, executive director, and Niamh O’Sullivan, curator of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum will also speak briefly about the Famine Folios series. A reception will follow the program.

THIS EVENT IS FULL. To be added to the wait list in case of cancellations, please email

Artist Talk: Margaret Lyster Chamberlain
Sunday, October 18
12:00 – 1 p.m.
Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, Lower Gallery

Artist Margaret Lyster Chamberlain will discuss her work “The Leave-Taking” which was commissioned by Quinnipiac University for Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum. Chamberlain explores psychological and spiritual issues, such as loss and compassion, in her art. “The Leave-Taking” is rich in narrative detail. Chamberlain says that her work is about things “that lie beneath the form – life, love, youth, old age, death, rebirth, sorrow, prayer, joy, moment of despair, and moment of enlightenment.”

Space is limited, and registration is required.

The Irish Bridget:  Irish Immigrant Women in Domestic Service in America
A lecture by Margaret Lynch-Brennan
Thursday, November 12
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, Lower Gallery

Irish immigration to the U.S. was unusual in that so many Irish women came here. Many of these Irish women worked as cooks, nannies, and domestic servants when they came to the U.S. Margaret Lynch-Brennan, Ph.D., will tell their story in a presentation based on her book, The Irish Bridget: Irish Immigrant Women in Domestic Service in America, 1840-1930. Her talk will provide a fresh glimpse into the working and social worlds that Irish domestic servants constructed and inhabited in the United States.

Dr. Lynch-Brennan is an independent scholar and author. She began her career as a classroom teacher and as an administrator with the New York State Education Department, working on issues related to civil rights, school improvement, and professional development for teachers. She earned a Ph.D. in American history from the University at Albany, State University of New York.


Waterbury Irish: From the Emerald Isle to the Brass City
A Lecture and book signing by Janet Maher
Saturday, December 5
4 – 5:30 p.m.
Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, Lower Gallery

Janet Maher, author of Waterbury Irish: From the Emerald Isle to the Brass City (Arcadia Publishing, 2015), will speak about her work as an artist in relation to the book. Since 2006, Maher has worked on a multipart series of works to accompany her scholarly research about Irish and personal history. It has included photography, digital restoration and collage, mixed media on paper, canvas and wooden panels, assemblage and encaustic.

Maher is a professional artist who directs the studio arts program at Loyola University Maryland. Her first book, From the Old Sod to the Naugatuck Valley: Early Irish Catholics in New Haven County, Connecticut, was published in 2012.

Books will be available to purchase for $21.99. Cash and check accepted.

Space is limited, and registration is required.