Presented by New York University
Glucksman Ireland House and the Gallatin School of Individualized Study
November 5, 12 and 19, 2021
People of Irish and African descent have lived in the United States for more than four centuries. Their respective trajectories -- marked by complexity, conflict, and collaboration -- have been shaped by American conceptions of identity, hierarchies of belonging, and access to pathways of upward mobility. The aim of this conference and programing is to examine the constellations of Blackness and Irishness in the history of the United States and beyond and use their example to ponder present conundrums around race, ethnicity, inequality and identity politics.
Friday, 19 November 2021
9--9.15am ET Welcome and opening remarks, Lisa Coleman, NYU’s Senior Vice President for Global Inclusion and Strategic Innovation.
9.15--10.15am ET Emma Dabiri (author of Twisted/Don't Touch My Hair and What White People Can Do Next) in conversation with Kim DaCosta and Miriam Nyhan Grey.
10.30am--11.45am ET Rachel Swarns, New York Times/New York University, “The Irish-American Priests who Sold Human Beings: Georgetown University, the Catholic Church and the American Slave Trade”. Moderated by Stephanie McCurry, Columbia University.
12--1.15pm ET Fionnghuala (“Fig”) O'Reilly, Miss Universe Ireland 2019 and engineer, in conversation with Miriam Nyhan Grey, New York University, about Fig’s life and career and the Black, Brown and Green Voices Project.
2--3.15pm ET Touré Reed, Illinois State University. “Ethnic Essentialism and Symbolism Are Poor Substitutes for Material Equality”. Introduced by James R. Barrett, Emeritus, University of Illinois).
3.30--4.45pm ET James Carroll (National Book awardee) “The Politics of White Supremacy: A View from Irish Boston”. Moderated by Kendra Field, Tufts University.
5--6pm ET Ruth Negga (leading actor in Loving (2016) and Passing (2021) in conversation with Kim DaCosta and Miriam Nyhan Grey.
Full conference schedule: Link
This conference is presented in partnership with Brademas Center (NYU), Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation (NYU), Department of History (NYU), Center for the Study of Africa and the African Diaspora (NYU), Institute for Public Knowledge (NYU), Deans for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NYU), UCD Clinton Institute, African American Irish Diaspora Network (AAIDN), Consulate of Ireland (NY), Embassy of Ireland (Washington DC), NYPL Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Tenement Museum New York, the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University, Irish Network Against Racism (INAR) and Black and Irish.
NYU's Glucksman Ireland House provides reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities. Requests for accommodations for events and services should be submitted at least two weeks before the date of the accommodation need. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org