Irish Famine Summer School Programme at Strokestown Park, June 20-24, 2018

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Famine Summer School 2018 Programme


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Wednesday 20th June 

7.00pm: Official Opening & Welcome – Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Ambassador Kevin Vickers. Percy French Hotel, Strokestown.

MC Eugene Murphy, TD Roscommon-Galway

Reception and Launch of  “Children and the Great Hunger in Ireland” (Christine Kinealy, Jason King, Gerard Moran) by Marita Conlon-McKenna.

8.00-8:15pm: Professor Mark McGowan, University of Toronto, Canada – “An update on the Search for Strokestown’s Missing 1,490 Emigrants”. #Missing1490

8:15-9:30pm: Irish launch of Kevin Moynihan’s film, “The Famine Irish and Canada’s First Responders”
(KM Productions)

Thursday 21st June 

Strokestown Park House

9.30 – 1.00pm: Irish Journeys: Famine Legacies and Reconnecting Communities –  Chair: Jason King

Professor Christine Kinealy – Quinnipiac University, Connecticut, USA
“Frederick Douglass: A Fugitive Slave in Ireland”

Professor Mark McGowan – University of Toronto, Canada
“Children in a Strange Land: Irish Famine Orphans, The Catholic Church, and Life on the Canadian Frontier”

Professor Ian Kuijt – Notre Dame University, USA
“Archaeological and Cultural Traces of the Irish Famine Migration on Inishboffin and Inishshark, Co. Galway”

3.00-3:45pm: Film Screening: Ian Kuijt and William Donaruma, “Nets of Memory”. Library, Strokestown Park House.

4.00-5:30pm: “Roscommon Connects: Community Building Through Shared Storytelling” Performance Showcase by Syrian Refugees from Ballaghaderreen, devised by Jessamine O’Connor. Galleried Kitchen, Strokestown Park.

7:15-9.00pm: Rose Marie Stanley play “Emigrant” (Rose Marie Stanley productions).  Galleried Kitchen, Strokestown Park House.

Friday 22nd June 

9.30 – 1.00pm: Irish Journeys: Famine Legacies and Reconnecting Communities – Chair: Caroilin Callery
Dr Perry McIntyre – Global Irish Studies Centre, University of New South Wales, Australia
“Reconnecting broken communities? Emigration to Australia during the famine and its immediate aftermath”.

Professor Mike Cronin (Boston College) – “The Famine in Irish-American Interactions”

Professor Maureen Murphy  (Hofstra University, New York) – “‘Not my will but Yours be done’: Asenath Nicholson’s Famine Journey”

3.00 – 4:30pm: Quinnipiac University Plenary Session  Chair: Catherine Shannon  (Westfield State University)

Robert A. Young (Arnold Bernard Library, Quinnipiac University) “Quinnipiac University and the Great Hunger: Literature, Art, Scholarship, and Community – A 20 Year-Retrospective”. Library in Strokestown Park House.

Ryan Mahoney, Executive Director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, Quinnipiac University.

Film Screening: The Hunger Times (Tile Media and Quinnipiac University, 15 minutes)

4:30-5:30pm: Quinnipiac University Reception

Professor Christine Kinealy, Executive Director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute, Quinnipiac University.
“The Quinnipiac – National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park Partnership and Preview of
the 2019 Irish Famine Summer School”.

Launch of Saving the Famine Irish: The Grey Nuns and the Great Hunger Exhibit (curated by  Professor Christine Kinealy and Jason King)

7:30-9:30pm: Declan O’Rourke in conversation with  Professor Christine Kinealy and performance of songs from Chronicles of the Great Famine. Library in Strokestown Park. €5 admission.

Saturday, 23rd June 

9.00 – 9.20: Registration
9.20 – 9.30: Welcome, John O’Driscoll, General Manager & Curator, National Famine Museum.

9.30 – 10.45: Session 1 – Chair: Caroilin Callery

Damian Shiels (Northumbria University) – “Enduring Obligations, Enduring Relationships: Identifying Transatlantic Connections with Ireland in 19th Century America”.

Catherine Shannon (Westfield State University) – “The Wreck of the Brig St. John and Its Commemoration”.

Mary C. Kelly (Franklin Pierce University) – “Fateful History, Inexorable Memory: The Famine’s Irish-American Legacy”

10.45 – 11.15: Tea & Coffee

11.15 – 12.30: Session 2 – Chair: Mark McGowan

Liam Kennedy, Lewis Darwen, and Brian Gurney (Ulster University, Queens University Belfast)
“Unhappy and Wretched Creatures”: Responses to the Famine Irish in Britain, 1846-50′.

Brandi Goddard (University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada)
“Painting in a Post-Famine Ireland: Sympathy and Subversion in Images of Irish Evictions”

12.30 – 1.45: Lunch

Short tour of Strokestown Park Famine Archive (15 minutes)

1.45 – 3.00: Session 3 (a) Chair: Damien Shiels

Fanny Garvey – “New Country, New Race: The Americanization of Irish Famine Era Immigrants”
Famine & Freedom in 19th Century Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Peter Murphy  – “The Life of Thomas Addis Emmet (1764-1827)”

Pin-wen Chen (Trinity College Dublin) –  “The Interactive Famine History: Tour Experiences and the Museum Public Program in 2017-18”

Saturday, 23rd June

1.45 – 3.00pm: Session 3 (b) Chair: Patricia Byrne

Barbara Barclay (Galway Mayo Institute of Technology) – ‘The Mayo Orphan Girls’: From the west of Ireland to Australia”

Michael Blanch (Committee for the Commemoration of Irish Famine Victims) – “The Many Campaigns for the Voiceless Victims of An Gorta Mor”

Mark O’Brien (Irish Prison Service) – “The History and Story of the Travel Box’s Earl Grey Scheme”

3.00 – 3.15pm: Short Break

3.15 – 4.30pm: Session 4 (a) Chair: Catherine Shannon

Patricia Lansdell (Cooney Family Genealogist) – “From Strokestown to Van Diemen’s Land: The Cooney Family Famine Migration”

Martin Curley (Returned Irish Emigrant, East Galway) – “Using DNA to reconnect the Famine Diaspora with their Irish family”

Jerry Mulvihill (Visual Artist) – “Visualizing the Famine”

Session 4 (b) Chair: Christine Kinealy

Patricia Byrne “The Achill Mission Colony: Contested Famine Legacy”

Frank Parker “‘Thick Mick’ and Other Stereotypes: The Effect of Diet on Brain Development”

4.30 – 5.30pm: Launch of the Great Famine Voices Roadshow Website – Caroilin Callery, Jason King, Ciarán Reilly

8.00pm: Conference & Summer School Dinner (Strokestown Park House)

Sunday 24th June

5.30am: Darkness to Light 5 Km Walk to the Tye/Tighe Grave
(Sunrise tbc) In memory of the ‘Missing 1490’

Meet at Gates of Strokestown Park

9.30 – 10.45: Session 1 (a) Chair: Jason King

Penny Walters (Bristol UK) – “Genealogy Tourism: a new niche market”

Daria Steiner (Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany) – “Walking to Make the Story Stop: Multimedia Representations and Functions of Famine Walks during the Post-Celtic Tiger Era”

Heather Levy (Western Connecticut State University) – “Star of the Sea: Another Voyage of the Damned”

Session 1 (b) Chair: Mark McGowan

Eileen Moore Quinn and Cara Delay (College of Charleston, South Carolina)
“’I take my pen in hand”: Irish and Irish American Correspondences during and after An Gorta Mór’

Daphne Wolf (Drew University)  – “Should I Stay or Should I Go? Family Resilience in Roscommon”

Charlotte J. Headrick (Oregon State University) – “Famine Journeys in Selected Contemporary Drama”

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Daily – At your leisure.

Genealogy Centre – Open 2.00 – 5.00 pm daily

Nightly Music Sessions in the local Pubs (around 10.00 pm)