Tuesday October 17 2017 at 4 p.m.

Rosenthal Library, President's Conference Room #2 (5th floor)

Irish Traditional Music:  Where It’s Been, Where It’s Going

Lecture and performance by Lawrence McCullough

Lawrence McCullough is the author of “What Whistle Would You Play at Your Mother’s Funeral?”:L.E. McCullough’s Writings on Irish Traditional Music, 1974-2016, Vols. 1 & 2. This 726-page, illustrated set assembles in one collection the more than 300,000 words on Irish music and culture published in 43 years of research and teaching.



Tuesday, April 19, 2017 at 3:30 p.m.

The QC Irish Studies program and the Political Science Department at the CUNY Graduate Center Present:

Sacred Boundaries:
The Search for Peace in Northern Ireland and

A Discussion with Niall Ó Dochartaigh and Daniel Sokatch, moderated by Peter Beinart

Where: The Graduate Center, CUNY

365 Fifth Avenue (34th Street), Room C-197


Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 4 p.m.:

The Queens College Irish Studies Program, the History Department, and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science Present:

Researching the Irish ‘Troubles’:
The Politics of Interviewing in a Post-
Conflict Society

A Talk by Dr. Niall Ó Dochartaigh (National
University of Ireland/ Galway

Where: President’s Conference Room #2, Rosenthal

Free refreshments!


Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 6:30 pm:

The Irish Studies Program, the CUNY Institute for Irish-American Studies, the American Irish Historical Association, and the Brehon Law Society of New York City and Nassau County Present:

Writing Ireland’s History in Past Centuries: A Lecture by Professor Nicholas Canny


991 5th Ave (80th Street) New York, NY 10028

Sponsored by the American Irish Historical Society, in partnership with Queens College Irish She tudies Program and the CUNY Institute for Irish-American Studies

Sponsored by the American Irish Historical Society, in partnership with Queens College Irish She tudies Program and the CUNY Institute for Irish-American Studies

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.:

Queens Memory, the Irish Studies Program, the Hellenic-American Oral History Project, and the History Department Present:

Doing Oral History:

A Workshop to Learn Methods and Skills

Please join us for a discussion and hands-on training session in the skills of doing oral history. Students and volunteers will learn about using technology, asking questions, and time-coding and editing the material. There will also be an opportunity to volunteer for different oral history projects taking place on the QC Campus.

From Ireland to America:

A Conversation between LGBT Activist

and Filmmaker Brendan Fay and

Historian Vincent Carey

Brendan Faye

Brendan Faye

Vincent Carey

Vincent Carey

  Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Time: Free Hour

Location: Powdermaker 156



Co-sponsored with CERRU and PRISM at Queens College

Lecture by Professor Lucy McDiarmid

"At Home in the Easter Rising: Fairies, Rebels, and 1916"

(with book signing)

Wednesday Sept. 21, 12:15-1:30 p.m.

Location Powdermaker Hall 156

Co-sponsored with the Women's and Gender Studies Program

Free genuine Irish lunch catered by the Butcher's Block of Sunnyside


Lucy McDiarmid is Marie Frazee-Baldassarre Professor of English at Montclair State University.  The recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, she is the author or editor of seven books.  Her scholarly interest in cultural politics, especially quirky, colorful, suggestive episodes, is exemplified by The Irish Art of Controversy as well as by Poets and the Peacock Dinner.   She is also a former president of the American Conference for Irish Studies.  Her most recent book, At Home in the Revolution: what women said and did in 1916, was Foreword Reviews’ 2015 Indiefab bronze winner for the history book of the year.


Lecture: Yeats's "Easter, 1916" in 2016

Wednesday May 18, 2016, 12:15-1:30 pm

Professor Jeffrey Cassvan, English Department and Irish Studies

Rosenthal Library, President's Conference Room 2, 5th Floor

Professor Cassvan will discuss the continuing relevance of William Butler Yeats's great elegy "Easter 1916," focusing on the tradition of the elegy, and some of Yeats's major thematic and aesthetic preoccupations.  It is a work that makes palpable the poet's insight that "We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry."

Free refreshments will be served.


"A Nation Rising: 100th Anniversary of the 1916 Irish Rebellion"

Curated by Eileen Colleran Sprague and Patricia McCloskey, with the assistance of Mary Glynn of the college’s Art Library, and Professor Matthew Greco and Linda Jackson of the Art Department.

May-September, 2016


Lecture: 1916 and its Aftermath

Professor Patrick McGough

History Department

Wednesday, May 11, 12:15-1:30 p..

Powdermaker Hall, Room 108

Patrick McGough will discuss the reaction to the Irish 1916 Rising in comparison to the 50th anniversary of the Rising in 1966. The 1916 Rising was judged harshly for the most part at the time of its occurrence. In contrast however the 50th anniversary commemoration was celebratory and less analytical.

This event is in conjunction with the current exhibit in the Barham Rotunda Gallery:  A Nation Rising: The 100th Anniversary of the 1916 Irish Rebellion.

Free refreshments will be served.


Queens College, the CUNY Institute for Irish-American Studies and the American Irish Historical Society Present:

Professor Kevin Whelan: The 1916 Rebellion in a Wider Perspective

Monday April 18, 2016 @ 6:30 pm

American Irish Historical Society- 991 Fifth Avenue at 80th Street

Introduction by Dr. Clare Carroll of the CUNY Graduate Center and Quens College

Queens College, in partnership with the American Irish Historical Society and the CUNY Institute for Irish-American Studies, is honored to welcome Professor Kevin Whelan to present a lecture on, The 1916 Easter Rising in a Wider Perspective. This illustrated lecture considers the 1916 Rising in Ireland as the military culmination of a longer political, social and cultural revolution that should be set within wider international, imperial and military contexts. The Rising should not be viewed through an exclusively Irish lens: it involved several international actors – the British Empire, the protagonists of the First World War, the Women’s Movement, the Catholic Church, and socialism. Ignited by international as well as national forces, its outcome must also be assessed in terms of the arid post-war settlement that contributed to interwar fascism and authoritarianism. This lecture deploys a wider geographical horizon and a longer time frame to contextualize the 1916 Rising.


Wednesday, April 13, 2016 | 6:30 pm Klapper Hall, Godwin-Ternbach Museum

Queens College's MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation, Irish Studies Program, and the Poetry Society of America present

A Reading by Eamon Grennan

Dubliner Eamon Grennan is the author of more than ten collections of poetry including his forthcoming, Out of Sight: New & Selected Poems;  he also has written a book of essays, Facing the Music: Irish Poetry in the 20th Century; and has translated the poems of Leopardi, for which he received the PEN Award in translation. Over the past few years, Grennan has been writing and directing “plays for voices” for the small Irish Curlew Theatre Company. Professor Emeritus at Vassar College, he now divides his time between Poughkeepsie and Connemara.

Introduced by Prof. Jeffrey Cassvan


Sunday, March 6th at 2.30pm - 4.30pm

Women & The Easter Rebellion of 1916

Queens Historical Society     143-35 37th Avenue, Flushing, New York 11354

Dr. Maureen Murphy will be joining us on March 6th to kick off our Spring season of programming here at QHS. Her research focus includes Irish and Irish-American history, folklore, and literature, and she will be speaking to us about the role of women in the Easter Rebellion in 1916.

Dr. Murphy is a Professor of Curriculum and Teaching in Irish History, and the Co-Director of the undergraduate Irish Studies minor at Hofsta University. She is also the historian of the Irish Hunger Memorial and author of Compassionate Stranger: Asenath Nicholson and the Great Irish Famine.

$5 QHS Members, Students & Seniors; $8 General Admission for all lectures/events, unless otherwise stated.

For more information, go to



Irish Language Literature and the History of Ireland Symposium: New York, 19-20 February 2016

Friday, February 19, 2016 to Saturday February 20, 2016

Lehman College 250 Bedford Park Blvd. West Bronx, NY 10468

Lehman Gaeilge Symposium 2016
Irish Language Literature and the History of Ireland

All are welcome to attend activities related to the symposium at Lehman College February 19-20, 2016. A full list of events and papers is located at http://www.lehmangaeilge.org/ . Register at the reduced rate of $20 before February 15th. Lunch Friday and Saturday is included. Symposium keynote speakers from Ireland include historian Aindrias Ó Cathasaigh who has authored books and films on the Easter Rising of 1916 and author Fionnuala Uí Fhlannagáin who has written two books about the history of the Irish in America. Poet Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh from NUI-Galway will do a pre-conference bilingual reading Thursday evening at the CUNY Graduate Center from her most recent book. Friday’s events will be in English at Lehman College, CUNY. Saturday’s events will be in Irish at Lehman College as well. Dinner at Rory Dolan’s Restaurant Friday evening is an additional $30. Séamus Blake and Eileen Zurell will be honored for their years of service to Irish Studies at the dinner. The symposium is made possible by a grant from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Irish National Lottery  supported by the Ireland-United States Commission for Educational Exchange (Fulbright Commission).


A Talk by Journalist Quentin Fottrell

Thursday, February 11, 2016, 7-9 p.m.

The Graduate Center CUNY, room 9207

365 5th Avenue

Introduction by Dr. Clare Carroll of the CUNY Graduate Center and Queens College

The recent marriage equality referendum in Ireland was a historic event, with the yes vote reflecting deep transformations in the country, and impacting the future of other European countries. Please join us, in partnership with the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center, in a discussion with Quentin Fottrell, an Irish member of the LGBT community and a journalist for the Wall Street Journal, to discuss the referendum's aftermath and the implications of the vote for countries across Europe.

Free and welcome to all, with refreshments.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

12:15-1:30, Rosenthal Library, President's Conference Room 2 (5th Floor)

The Redlegs: An Archaeology of Race and Memory on a Barbados Plantation

Dr. Matt Reilly, Brown University

Co-sponsored by Africana Studies and the History and Anthropology Departments

The "Redlegs" were descended from men and women expelled from Ireland in the seventeenth century to work as indentured servants on plantations in Barbados and other Caribbean islands. Please join us for a fascinating lecture by Dr. Matt Reilly, an archaeologist, who will discuss their world, their relations with African slaves, and their enduring legacy and memory in shaping the history and culture of Barbados.

Free lunch catered by the famed Irish Butcher's Block of Sunnyside!

Monday, October 19, 2015

"Dublin Jewish Spaces, Faces and Places"

An Illustrated History of the Jewish Community of Dublin from the Time of Cromwell to the Present Day

Dr. Melanie Brown

Co-Sponsored with the Jewish Studies Program 

Dr. Melanie Brown co-ordinates the ongoing Dublin Oral History Project, a voluntary undertaking whose remit is to chart the lived experience of Dublin’s Jewish community in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, of which she is a part. The Dublin Jewish Oral History Project was conceived by the Jewish Representative Council of Ireland in 2010, as a response to the imperative to capture life stories of members of the aging and rapidly diminishing Jewish community of Dublin. Dr. Brown was invited to coordinate this project on a voluntary basis in 2011, with over forty interviews conducted since, mainly in Dublin but also in the UK, the USA, Canada and Israel. Among the themes which have emerged are Jewish communal, religious and secular life in Dublin; education; emigration; philo-Semitism and anti-Semitism in Ireland.

Dr. Brown  was formerly the Composer-in-Residence with the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, and is currently a Local Centre Examiner at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin.  Her principal research interests include Irish Jewish culture and identity, and both oral and documented Jewish history in Ireland from 1660 to the present, topics upon which she frequently presents and publishes to an international audience. 

Dubliners at 100: Joyce's Reading Lessons

Prof. Jeffrey Cassvan

Monday, December 8, 2014

Godwin-Turnbach Museum (Klapper Hall)

In this 100th year of Dubliners'  publication, Professor Cassvan will be discussing the book’s continuing relevance as a work that teaches us important lessons today. 


Women, War, and Violence in Early Modern Ireland  


C--Sponsored with the Women and Gender Studies Program

Wednesday, October 22, 2014  from 12:15-2:00 P.M.