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October 2 Thursday 5:30 p.m.
Lecture by Mary Kelly, author of “Ireland’s Great Famine in Irish-American History: Enshrining a Fateful Memory”

Join us at Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum for a lecture by Mary Kelly, professor of history at Franklin Pierce University. Kelly will present a lecture based on her newly published book, “Ireland’s Great Famine in Irish-American History.” A graduate of National University of Ireland, Galway and Syracuse University, Kelly’s research interests include Irish Famine remembrance, the Boston Irish in the mid-19th century, and a variety of topics related to Irish-American religion, politics and intellectual history. She teaches widely in American cultural, ethnic, intellectual, immigrant and gender history, in addition to foundational offerings in Modern Ireland and Europe.  Kelly is also the author of “The Shamrock and the Lily: The New York Irish and the Creation of a Transatlantic Identity” published in 2005. Books will be available for purchase at this event.

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October 28 Tuesday 3 to 5 p.m.
Famine Folios: A Symposium

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University will present “Famine Folios,” a symposium to celebrate the launch of its publications program, from 3-5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the Center for Communications and Engineering, Room 218, on the Mount Carmel Campus at Quinnipiac. Thanks to a grant from Connecticut Humanities, the museum is able to offer this program.

The publications program, which provides a unique famine resource for scholars and researchers, features works by four authors who were commissioned by the museum to write essays based on various aspects of the Famine in Ireland (1845–1852).

The four essays, the first in a continuing series, will be released at the symposium where the four authors will discuss their work at a panel discussion moderated by Richard Kearney, Seelig Professor of Philosophy at Boston College.

The panelists and their essay titles are:

Luke Gibbons, professor of Irish literacy and cultural studies at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, “Limits of the Visible: Representing the Great Hunger.”

Christine Kinealy, professor of history and founding director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac, “Apparitions of Death and Disease: The Great Hunger in Ireland.”

Catherine Marshall, art historian and former curator of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, “Monuments, Memorials and Visualizations of the Great Famine in Ireland.”

Niamh O’Sullivan, professor emeritus of visual culture, National College of Art and Design, Dublin, and curator of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac, “The Tombs of a Departed Race: Illustrations of Ireland’s Great Hunger.”

The symposium will include a demonstration of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum Database of pictorial newspapers. Illustrated pamphlets containing the essays will be sold for $15 each.

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, located at 3011 Whitney Avenue, will be open to the public from 12 to 2:30 pm on the day of the event.

This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Please click here to make a reservation.