Glucksman Ireland House, NYU

Spring 2011 Events

Who Do We Think We Are?
The Irish Family

Saturday, April 16th 2011 8:45am to 5pm

NYU's Silver Building, Silverstein Lounge
100 Washington Square East

A black and white photograph of a large Irish family.
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The theme of this year’s Glucksman Ireland House NYU University Day is “Who Do We Think We Are? The Irish Family”.

Colm Tóibín opens the program with a reading from his recent collection of short stories The Empty Family and discusses the dynamics of the Irish family in modern literature. President of the Betty Ford Institute Dr. Garrett O’Connor delivers the keynote lecture, “Resilience, Shame, Alcohol and Survival: The Tragic and Triumphant Alchemy of Irish Cultural History,” exploring the complex elements of the Irish historical experience and how that experience illuminates the Irish relationship to alcohol.

NYU Irish and Irish-American Studies faculty members Professor Linda Dowling Almeida, Professor Marion Casey and Professor Miriam Nyhan speaks on the Glucksman Ireland House NYU Oral History of Irish America project and what is revealed about the family.

Pete Hamill and Peter Quinn discuss immigrant parents and their American children; and Patricia Harty, editor of Irish America magazine talks to actress Fionnula Flanagan (The Others, The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Some Mother’s Son) about Ireland and Irish America.

Tickets:

Day Pass: $60 | Member’s Day Pass: $50
Includes all talks 9am–5pm. Does not include VIP reception.

Premium Pass: $100 | Member’s Premium Pass: $75
Includes all talks and the VIP reception.

Members of Glucksman Ireland House: to receive member pricing, please contact us for the discount code via ireland.house@nyu.edu or (212) 998-3950.
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Program - Saturday, April 16th

8:45am
Registration and check-in

at the Silverstein Lounge in NYU’s Silver Building
100 Washington Square E, New York, NY 10003 | See Map >>
Coffee and tea provided
9:20am
Welcoming remarks

Judith McGuire, President, Glucksman Ireland House Advisory Board
9:30am
Session 1: The Empty Family

Colm Tóibín reads from his 2010 short story collection The Empty Family and discusses the family in contemporary Irish literature.
Introduction: Prof. John Waters, Director of Studies, Glucksman Ireland House
10:30amCoffee and tea break
11:00am
Session 2: Keynote Address: “Resilience, Shame, Alcohol and Survival: The Tragic and Triumphant Alchemy of Irish Cultural History.”

Dr Garrett O’Connor, President, Betty Ford Research Institute
Introduction: Judith McGuire, President, Glucksman Ireland House Advisory Board
12:00pmLunch Local recommendations & special deals will be provided to participants.
1:30pm
Session 3: The Irish Family

Professors Marion Casey, Linda Dowling Almeida, and Miriam Nyhan speak on what the Glucksman Ireland House Oral History of Irish America project reveals about the family.
Introduction: Eileen Dowling, Glucksman Ireland House Advisory Board
2:30pmCoffee and tea break
2:45pm
Session 4: Struggles and Opportunities: Immigrant Parents and American Children

Pete Hamill and Peter Quinn in conversation about the Irish American family.
Introduction: Eileen Reilly, Associate Director, Glucksman Ireland House
3:45pm
Session 5: Meditating on Ireland and Irish America

Patricia Harty, Editor, Irish America magazine, and member of the Glucksman Ireland House Board in conversation with actress Fionnula Flanagan
4:45pm
Closing Remarks

Jackie O’Halloran Bernstein, Deputy Consul General of Ireland, New York
5:00–6:00pm
Reception at Glucksman Ireland House NYU

1 Washington Mews, New York, NY 10003 | See Map >>
for premium ticket holders only.
Meet the day’s presenters and the faculty of NYU Irish and Irish-American Studies

All events are supported by members of Glucksman Ireland House. Become a member.