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