Lunchtime Lecture Series

A discussion on Misterman with Craig MacArthur

May 5, 2015
Craig MacArthur discusses a new production of Edna Walsh's Misterman

Academy Street with Mary Costello

April 30, 2015
Mary Costello discusses Academy Street, an award winning story that bridges Ireland and New York, and so richly captures life in the last half-century of New York.

“An Almighty Gabble” The life and work of Mairtín Ó Cadhain with Dr. Alan Titley

April 30, 2015
Dr. Alan Titley discusses the life and work of Máirtín Ó Cadhain. an impressive writer who published short stories, novels, lectures, translations and many, many other materials. His life was one of boundaries and boundaries broken. Born into the Irish language of Connemara, the opportunity of education and then educator were presented, followed by years of imprisonment due to his political beliefs, and he ended up Chair of Irish Language in Trinity College Dublin.

Reflections on Oral History: Practice and Theory with Dr. Alessandro Portelli

April 21, 2015
Dr. Portelli speaks on general trends in oral history, his own journey into the methodology and about oral history as to pertains to studying identity and ethnicity.

The Survival of Irish-Language Songs in America with Dr. Deirde Ní Chonghaile

April 21, 2015
Dr. Ní Chonghaile's session focuses on newly emerging evidence about the use of the Irish language in the Philadelphia area in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with special focus on a newly-discovered Irish-language song collection that has helped shed light on long-lost music traditions in the Sligo and Galway regions.


John Redmond as Yankee Doodle Dandy – Cartoon representations of America’s role in the Irish question in the British press, 1910 with Dr. Úna Ní Bhroiméil

April 6, 2015
Dr. Ní Bhroiméil links Ireland, Britain and America in a transatlantic and transnational context through the person of John Redmond and through the medium of political cartoons.

Cé Leis Tú? Queering Irish Migrant Literature with Drs. Tina O’Toole & Jonathan Flatley

April 2, 2015
Dr. Flately visits to converse with Tina O'Toole on her piece addressing the fact that Irish lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) writers have almost all had personal experience of migration, and register the profound effect of those migrant experiences in their literary writing, but these voices have been largely left out of the discussion on the Irish diaspora.

Young Skins with Colin Barrett

April 1, 2015
Colin Barrett reads and discusses his book of short stories, Young Skins. Hailing from County Mayo, Barrett's stories of small town Irish life focus on the fictional town of Glanbeigh, whose fate took a downturn with the economic crash.

James Connolly, the Irish Citizen Army, and the 1916 Rising with Theo Dorgan

March 24, 2015
Theo Dorgan, Editor of Field Day's 1991 Revising the Rising, a landmark book of essays about 1916, joins us to discuss James Connolly, the Irish Citizen Army, and the 1916 Rising.

Gender, Pregnancy, and the Age of Consent: The Irish Experience with Dr. Diarmid Griffin and Dr. Joe Mcgrath

March 19, 2015
Dr. Diarmuid Griffin and Dr. Joe Mcgrath discuss the argument that the clamor to increase the age of sexual consent in 1935 in Ireland was, at least in part, a corollary of the wider concern about the perceived increase in illegitimate births in the early years of the Irish Free State.

Horace Plunkett & The Problem of Rural Life in the Progressive Era with Visiting Scholar Patrick Doyle

March 12, 2015
A discussion of key individuals concerned with the rural co-operative movements in Ireland and the United States and argues that Irish co-operative experts were vigorously outward-looking in their pursuit of social and economic progress.