Prof. J.J. Lee on America and the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland
In the spring of 2016 Glucksman Ireland House NYU organized a series of events dedicated to America's relationship with Ireland during the 1916 Easter Rising in order to shed new light on the trans-Atlantic context of the Rising.
The series examined the actions and motives of Irish cultural and political nationalists who were based in the United States before and during 1916, and of the Americans who served as their support network.
Below please find more information on the events that took place.
New York's traditional Irish musicians come together to explore the variety of ways that Irish and Irish-American identity were expressed musically in the lead up to the Easter 1916 Rising. Featuring singer and guitarist Donie Carroll, fiddler and singer Liz Hanley, piper Ivan Goff, GIH faculty member and singer Mick Moloney, piper Jerry O'Sullivan, and fiddler Caitlin Warbelow.
Join biographers Shane Kenna and Terry Golway in conversation about legendary Irish republicans Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa and John Devoy, Irish Americans who were pivotal to the Easter 1916 Rising. Presented with the American Irish Historical Society.
The 17th Annual O'Malley Lecture presents Francis Carroll, Professor Emeritus at St. John's College, University of Manitoba, speaking on the United Irish League of America and Irish America's support of British Parliament's Home Rule bill of 1914 - and how the consuming force of the Great War intervened and destroyed both Home Rule and the United Irish League of America.
George C. Heslin, the founder and artistic director of The Origin Theatre Company, directs a troupe of New York's finest actors to bring the sounds, words and stories of the 1916 Easter Rising to life and capture the American voice of this historic event.
Colum McCann hosts a night of poems by Irish and Irish-American poets read by fellow writers Alice McDermott, Anne Enright, and Matthew Thomas, as well as actress Geraldine Hughes, providing powerful reflections on Irish nationalism in America at the time of the Rising. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and author Paul Muldoon debuts a new poem, commissioned by Glucksman Ireland House NYU for the occasion. Directed by George C. Heslin.
Language rights involve agitation, agitation implies politics. The ideals and aspirations of late-nineteenth century Irish language activists moved from education to politics in Ireland and from Ireland to Irish-America. Join us as we investigate relationships between Ireland and Irish-America through the lens of the Irish language movement.
Famous as the headquarters for the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising, the General Post Office in Dublin was also the nerve center for communications throughout Ireland. Stephen Ferguson, Assistant Secretary of An Post, will discuss the role of GPO staff, revealing their involvement in and response to the events of Easter week.
This 90-minute docudrama takes a unique look at the events of Easter Week 1916 in Dublin. It is the first film to tell the story from three different perspectives, showing the human cost of the fighting on all sides. The screening is the prelude to a major two-day symposium at NYU.
Glucksman Ireland House NYU uniquely focuses on the role of Americans and of New York in the Easter 1916 Rising. This symposium brings together twenty scholars who offer new research to enlighten, interrogate, and locate the Rising in a transnational context, including keynote speakers:
David Brundage, Department of History, University of California-Santa Cruz
Terry Golway, Politico New York
J.J. Lee, Department of History, New York University
Timothy J. Meagher, Department of History, Catholic University of America
Robert Schmuhl, Department of American Studies, University of Notre Dame
Panelists include, but are not limited to: Marion R. Casey, Michael Doorley, Kate Feighery, Mary C. Kelly, Lucy McDiarmuid, Gerard MacAtasney, Úna Ní Bhroiméil, Miriam A. Nyhan, John P. Waters, Daphne Dyer Wolf, and Nicholas M. Wolf
Friday, April 22nd at 7pm in Garibaldi Plaza in Washington Square Park
Reading of the Proclamation of the Republic of Ireland Representing Ireland's "exiled children in America," we read the historic document in which the Easter 1916 Provisional Government of Ireland declared its independence from Great Britain, followed by a short musical program by the Glee Club of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.
Presented, in part, with the support of Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade and the Consulate of Ireland in New York.
Fall 2015 full event information is available by clicking the event titles, including ticketing or registration information. Spring 2016 event information will be made available this winter. Join our email list to stay up-to-date on all our events.