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Irish Series at Seton Hall Announces Spring 2014 Events
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High CrossPirates of Irish Persuasion & Extraction (PIPE), Seton Hall University’s Irish cultural society, is proud to announce the lineup for its Spring 2014 Irish Studies Discussion Series (ISDS). Since 2010, the ISDS has brought more than 30 guest speakers to campus to share their expertise on topics of interest to the Irish-American community. This semester’s presentations promise to be fascinating and informative, and PIPE looks forward to welcoming students, alumni, faculty, staff, administrators, and members of the local community to enjoy the Spring 2014 ISDS.

This semester’s series was kicked off with a presentation titled “Pontius Pilate and Irish High Crosses” on Thursday, February 20 by Dr. Colum Hourihane, Director of the Index of Christian Art at Princeton University.

In his talk, Dr. Hourihane provided a survey of representations of Pontius Pilate in Early Christian Art on mainland Europe before discussing some unique representations of the subject in 9th- and 10th-century Ireland.

Dr. Hourihane received his Ph.D. in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art in the University of London in 1984 for his study on the iconography of Gothic art in Ireland, which was subsequently published in 2003 by Yale University Press. He has published widely in the field of iconography and is the editor of more than 25 volumes, all of which are devoted to medieval iconography. He has also written five monographs, the most recent of which is Pontius Pilate, Anti-Semitism and the Passion in Medieval Art (Princeton University Press, 2009). He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and past president of the International Center of Medieval Art in The Cloisters (2008-2011) and the Delaware Valley Medievalist Association. We are honored to host such a distinguished guest

The second event, on Wednesday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m., will be a presentation titled “The View from Over Here: Perceptions of Ireland in America and of America in Ireland.” The featured speakers at this event will be Dr. Bill Rogers and Niamh Hamill, both of Drew University. In their presentation, Rogers and Hamill will explore Irish-American tourism and expectations that the Irish have when visiting America, and vice versa.

Dr. Rogers is the Associate Dean of the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies at Drew University. He teaches courses in Irish/Irish-American history and culture, 19th century American history (particularly slavery and the Civil War), and the impact of war on American society. His publications include “The Great Hunger: Act of God or Acts of Man,” in Ireland’s Great Hunger: Silence, Memory and Commemoration, (2002) and “We Are All Together Now,” Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison and the Prophetic Tradition (Garland, 1995). His current research centers on the future of relationships between Ireland and America, and the role tourism plays in developing those relationships.

Niamh Hamill is a third year doctoral student in the History and Culture program at Drew University, with a concentration on Irish and Irish-American studies. Her research has been on perceptions of Americans in Ireland and of Ireland in America, as well as historical aspects of her native county of Donegal. She was previously a teacher, and for the last 15 years has been Director of the Institute of Study Abroad Ireland, bringing thousands of high school and college students from all over the world to Ireland. She was also half of the Irish acoustic duo, The Surfchixxx.

The event will take place in the Beck Rooms on the ground level of Walsh Library on Seton Hall University’s South Orange campus.

Events are free and open to the public. For further information, please contact Dr. Maura Harrington at or (201) 463.5967, or visit the Series’ Facebook page: www.facebook/com/SHUIrishStudiesDiscussionSeries.

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


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