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Know-Nothings Event Kicks Off Fall 2013 Irish Studies Discussion Series
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St. Mary's Church, Newark NJPirates of Irish Persuasion & Extraction (PIPE), Seton Hall University's Irish cultural society, is proud to present its 8th consecutive semester of the Irish Studies Discussion Series (ISDS). To date, the ISDS has brought more than 3 dozen experts on the Irish and Irish-American experience to the University's South Orange campus. All ISDS events are free and open to all members of the University community and to the public.

This semester's first event will take place on Thursday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Beck Rooms on the ground level of Walsh Library. Scholars of Irish America Reverend Augustine Curley, O.S.B. and Paul Ferris will give a talk on the 1854 Know-Nothing riot in Newark. They will explain the motivations behind this attack on St. Mary's Church, including general anti-immigrant sentiment, as well as the specific effects that this attack had on the Irish-American and immigrant community in the area. They will explore this attack, which was front page news from Boston and Baltimore to Dubuque and beyond. In this presentation, the lively debate on immigration and religion that this event prompted in the local and national press of 1854 will be examined. More details about this upcoming presentation are available on the event's Facebook page.

Father Curley is a Benedictine monk of Newark Abbey who serves the community as prior and archivist. While his doctorate is in philosophy, he has a keen interest in local history. In addition to a book on Augustine of Hippo, and articles in the Encyclopedia of New Jersey, he has spoken and published on Protestant-Catholic interaction in nineteenth-century Newark.

Ferris is a graduate of the NYU Irish and Irish American Studies MA program. He has taught the Irish language at NYU and Drew University, and is a former member of the executive board of the North American Association of Celtic Language Teachers. His research interests include second-language acquisition, the Irish experience in urban New Jersey, and indentured servants in the mid-Atlantic colonies.

The semester's second event on Wednesday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Living Room of the University Center will feature the presentation of one-act plays by young Irish-American playwright Eddie Honan. Before the performances, Honan will give a talk about his craft, and after the performances, he will field questions from the audience. Further information regarding this event will be available closer to the date of the event.

For more information about the ISDS, please contact Dr. Maura Grace Harrington at or (201) 463-5967, and connect with the ISDS on Facebook.

For more information please contact:
Maura Harrington
(201) 463-5967


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