Glucksman Ireland House, New York University’s Center for Irish and Irish-American Studies, has announced its lineup of public events to mark the 100th anniversary of Ireland’s Easter Rising.
A preeminent center for the academic study of Irish and Irish-American history, literature and culture, Glucksman Ireland House chose to announce its much-anticipated program to coincide with the centenary of the death of Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa in New York City on June 29, 1915.
O'Donovan Rossa, who was exiled for his revolutionary activities in the 1860s, arrived in New York City in 1871 and spent the next forty years of his life there advocating for Irish freedom. Rossa was buried in Dublin on August 1st. “The fools, the fools, the fools! They have left us our Fenian dead, and while Ireland holds these graves, Ireland unfree shall never be at peace,” Pádraig Pearse predicted over O’Donovan Rossa’s coffin, in an oration that anticipated the Rising eight months later.
Uniquely amongst the many global commemorations planned to mark the centenary of the Rising, Glucksman Ireland House NYU will focus specifically on the role of America in the Easter 1916 Rising. NYU’s programs will shed new light on the trans-Atlantic context of the Rising, examining the actions and motives of Irish cultural and political nationalists who came to the United States before 1916 and of the Americans who served as their support network.
Events will run monthly in New York in Fall 2015 and Spring 2016, including evenings dedicated to the music, poetry, and prose of the period.
As part of the NYU program, Paul Muldoon has been commissioned to write a new poem and there will be a three-day academic conference on April 20-22, 2016, opening with a film screening and keynote lectures by historians Joe Lee, David Brundage, and Timothy Meagher, among others.
Other events will include:
- September 17, 2015 1916: AN EVENING OF MUSIC
- October 15, 2015 JEREMIAH O'DONOVAN ROSSA: Shane Kenna with Terry Golway
- October 29, 2015 UNITED IRISH LEAGUE OF AMERICA: 17th Annual O'Malley Lecture with Francis Carroll
- November 19, 2015 1916: AN EVENING OF PROSE
- February 4, 2016 1916: AN EVENING OF POETRY
- April 20, 2016 A Terrible Beauty, screening & commentary with Colin & Dave Farrell
- April 21-22, 2016 AMERICA & EASTER 1916 Symposium
Further details available on the web at Glucksman Ireland House’s website.