Wednesday 18 April 2012

The immigration experience of Irish America - a day of talks in New York

Writers, public figures, and scholars will explore the experiences of the Irish and Irish-American family through a day of talks at New York University this coming Saturday.

Novelist Mary Higgins Clark (I'll Walk Alone: A Novel; Kitchen Privileges) will deliver the keynote talk about her family's experience and its influence on her life and writing, while Professors Kerby Miller (Emigrants and Exiles) and Breandán Mac Suibhne (Ed., Society and Manners in Early Nineteenth Century Ireland) will discuss changes of fortune and immigration.

Professors Maureen O. Murphy (The Irish Bridget: Irish Immigrant Women in Domestic Service in America, 1840-1930) and Janet Nolan (Servants Of The Poor: Teachers And Mobility In Ireland And Irish America), will talk about women's role in immigration and upward mobility.

In addition, Professors Linda Dowling Almeida and Miriam Nyhan, both NYU Irish and Irish-American Studies faculty members, will speak on the Glucksman Ireland House NYU Oral History of Irish America project and what is revealed about domestic economy.

Bruce Morrison, former Congressman from Connecticut, immigration lawyer, and lobbyist, will discuss current US immigration policy and its future direction.

The full programme for what looks like a busy and interesting day at Glucksman Ireland House, can be found here, together with costs and booking details.