Past Features

March 5, 2007 (Vol. 5, No. 3)

CUNY Institute for Irish-American Studies To Host Annual Meeting of American Conference for Irish Studies

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The CUNY Institute for Irish-American Studies (IIAS) will host the American Conference for Irish Studies' (ACIS) 45th Annual Meeting at the CUNY Graduate Center from Wednesday, April 18 through Saturday, April 21. Titled "Ireland and the Americas," the event is expected to draw over 400 scholars, of which 160 will present their research on Irish-American studies.

This event is open to the public. To attend the conference, applicants must register by March 15. Applicants may also register at the door on the day of the event.

The purpose of ACIS is to enable scholars to pursue in-depth research in Irish studies, focusing on discipline and the promotion of its academic importance within colleges, universities and secondary schools. This year's conference will feature plenary presentations from Professors Maureen Murphy of Hofstra University, Kevin Kenny of Boston College, and Mick Moloney of New York University.

Professor Murphy will deliver the opening plenary on Wednesday evening, which will be followed by a reception hosted by the Irish Consulate. The conference will resume on Thursday, with presentations taking place throughout the day, and conclude with a special concert featuring traditional Irish-American music. Sessions will continue on Friday and end on Saturday evening with a banquet, featuring author Frank McCourt, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1999 for his biography Angela's Ashes.

The banquet will also double as the conference's annual benefit dinner. This year, ACIS will honor Councilman Michael E. McMahon, who represents the north shore of Staten Island, and Professor Murphy for their service to Irish-Americans and the City of New York. The banquet will be held at the Harbour Lights Restaurant at the South Street Seaport.

Located on the Lehman College campus, IIAS supports research by professors and graduate students at several of the CUNY colleges. For more information about the conference, call (718) 960-6722.