Exhibits and Conferences

Glucksman Ireland House engages in a variety of projects and exhibitions that extend beyond the classroom. Here are a list of past exhibits created by faculty of Glucksman Ireland House NYU:




"The Ernie O'Malley Symposium" addressed topics as wide ranging as Irish republican intellectual history, feminism & guerrilla war, post-colonial approaches to Irish literature, history, and culture, the visual arts, music history, the history of the Irish War of Independence and Civil War, Irish autobiography, queer historiography, folklore, and oral history. Read more about the symposium here.


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"The Bordeaux-Dublin Letters, 1757: The Voice of an Irish Community Abroad," ran from January to April, 2014 at NYU's Bobst Library. This special exhibit explores the world of 1757 through 125 letters, most of them unopened until 2011, taken from captured Irish ship on its return to Ireland from France during the Seven Years' War. Read more about the exhibit, along with it's accompanying academic conference and publication of the letters with translations, illustrations, and contextualizing introduction.




"Religious Freedom in America, 1813 to 2013: Bicentennial Reflections on People v. Philips" was a weekend of events that marked the landmark 1813 case that is the earliest known constitutional test of freedom of religion and the priest-penitent evidentiary privilege in American law. A dynamic line-up of events demonstrated how a trial for a petty jewelry theft escalated into an argument for religious freedom when the local priest was subpoenaed to testify what he had heard in confession.




Glucksman Ireland House: 1993-2013 The 2013-2014 academic year marked the 20th year since Glucksman Ireland House was founded. To mark that milestone, Glucksman Ireland House NYU created a special display outlining our activities for the windows of NYU's Kimmell Center for University Life on LaGuardia Place and Washington Square South, NYC.




"Legalize the Irish: the Legacy of the Irish Immigration Reform Movement," is an exhibition drawn from the papers of the Irish Immigration Reform Movement in the Archives of Irish America at New York University. The Irish Immigration Reform Movement (IIRM) was a grassroots organization established in 1987 whose primary objective was to legalize the status of undocumented immigrants from Ireland and 34 other countries adversely affected by America's 1965 Immigration Act.


Historical  photo of James Connolly


"Labor & Dignity: James Connolly in America," an exhibition produced in 2013 with support Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs, offers new perspectives on renowned labor leader James Connolly's visits to the US in the very early 20th century. After a run at the Consulate of Ireland in New York in October 2013, it is now traveling to Albany, NY, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia. The exhibit program, available on the exhibit's event page, or on the exhibit's webpage, gives extensive information about James Connolly in America.



Historical photo of  the New York St. Patrick's day parade


"The Fifth Province: County Societies in Irish America," an exhibit produced in 2011 with support Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs, illuminates the roles county associations played in the formation of the Irish communities in the US, particularly in the mid-20th century. The exhibit's webpage provides a full online exhibition of the images and information presented in the exhibit.


Ireland America:  Ties that Bind


"Ireland America: Ties that Bind," ran on exhibition at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in 2011 with the support of Culture Ireland. It explored aspects of Irish-American performance history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, particularly those that illuminate the nexus between public and private, culture and subculture. The exhibit's webpage includes a video of the exhibit.




"1981 Hunger Strikes: America Reacts," is a virtual exhibit of primary source materials to mark their twentieth anniversary. Between May and August that year, ten men died of starvation undertaken for political reasons in the Maze Prison (a.k.a Long Kesh) at Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland. Media reports made these extremely public and controversial deaths, the latest battle in a propaganda war involving the British government and Irish nationalists in Northern Ireland that had been escalating since 1969. In this struggle, the sympathy of the American public was an important prize.




"The Spin on Ireland," Although LPs are an obsolete recording medium, their impact on the dissemination of Irish culture in America, especially following the folk music revival of the 1960s, was profound. This exhibition uses album covers to explore another dimension of the phenomenon, graphic art that targeted the Irish American consumer. Produced by labels in Ireland, England and the United States, the illustrations selected for the covers of Irish music records reveal the ways in which such commercial art constructed an image of a nation and its people in American popular culture over the past fifty years.




"New York Stories," Ais a series of twentieth century vignettes about the New York Irish community. Through it we glimpse what it was like to be a young live-in domestic servant in Manhattan in 1930; the political style of Mayor William O’Dwyer and his brother, Paul; the publicity techniques used by the United Irish Counties Association to promote its annual Feis (music and dance festival); reaction to the 1950 visit of Northern Ireland Prime Minister Sir Basil Brooke; the largesse of writer Brendan Behan; and the men and women behind the Irish Institute of New York, a philanthropic group that marked its fiftieth anniversary in 2000.