St. John Fisher

Irish Studies

3690 East Ave.  Rochester NY 14618

 (585) 382-7299

Fionnuala Regan, Events Coordinator
email: fregan@sjfc.edu

Advisory Committee

Dr. Timothy Madigan,

    Professor and Chair, Dept. of Philosophy

Rev. William Graf,

    Professor and Chair, Dept. of Religious Studies

Jack Rosenberry

    Professor of Media and Communication

In March of 2012, with the support of the Rochester-Waterford Sister Cities Golf Tournament Committee, St. John Fisher College established a new interdisciplinary Irish Studies Program in the School of Arts and Sciences that has begun offering students the opportunity to explore the literary, social, political, religious, and cultural traditions of Ireland’s past and present. Since its formation, the program has sponsored or co-sponsored several academic conferences and special events on the Fisher campus and around Rochester.

 

 

 

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RECENT ACTIVITIES:

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Art exhibit based on Famine visits Fisher

Students examine some of the art pieces depicting the Great Hunger

“Tragedy and Triumph: Art Illuminates the Great Hunger” was featured on the St. John Fisher Campus from January through March, 2020.
The display of sculpture and visual arts came from the collection of the Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University. Fisher alumnus Ryan Mahoney is executive director of the museum. Link to more photos from event.

Waterford  B&L executive discusses sustainability

Bausch & Lomb executive Tony Powers, director of sustainability and business continuity for Bausch and Lomb’s Contact Lens Operations, visited the Fisher campus on Jan 16, 2020 to discuss B&L’s growing commitment to sustainable business practices, and its relationship with corporate social responsibility. He is based in Rochester’s Sister City of Waterford, Ireland, and is a frequent visitor to the Rochester area.

Conference and Lectures
 

Annual Conferences

Since its founding, the Irish Studies Program has held an annual conference based on a theme relevant to Irish history and culture. There have been eight conferences to date:


Other Events
The Irish Studies Program also sponsors lectures and other events throughout the year, presented at St. John Fisher College but open to the community. These have included:

  • Bausch & Lomb executive Tony Powers, director of sustainability and business continuity for Bausch and Lomb’s Contact Lens Operations, visited the Fisher campus on Jan 16, 2020 to discuss B&L’s growing commitment to sustainable business practices, and its relationship with corporate social responsibility. He is based in Rochester’s Sister City of Waterford, Ireland, and is a frequent visitor to the Rochester area.

  • Ed O'Shea, an emeritus professor from SUNY Oswego, visited Fisher on Nov. 7, 2019 to discuss the work of Nobel Prize winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney. O’Shea  was  a  Fulbright  Scholar  at  Trinity  College  Dublin, where he delivered  a  version  of  the same talk. Also see video interview with O'Shea.

  • Irish Music/Dance Workshop held in collaboration with Comahaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (Irish Musicians Association), Nov. 2, 2019.

  • Hofstra University emerita professor Maureen Murphy visiting scholar event, September 2019. Watch video of interview with Murphy.

  • Rochester visit from Daniel Mulhall, Irish ambassador to the United States.

  • Tour of grave sites of notable Irish Rochesterians buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, October 14, 2018.

  • Irish Music/Dance Workshop held in collaboration with Comahaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (Irish Musicians Association), Sept. 29, 2018. Event coverage from Cardinal Courier student news site.

  • Irish Dance Club St. Patrick's performance, March 16, 2018.

  • Talk by Rev. Bill Shaw on work of the 174 Trust in Belfast. Watch video.

  • The re-dedication of the bust of Col. Patrick O’Rorke on its 25th anniversary, April 6, 2017

  • A lecture on Traditional Irish Music by David Wilson, Professor of History and Celtic Studies, St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto on April 5, 2017

  • A lecture by Sébastien G. Lazardeux, Assistant Professor of Political Science, on “The Irish Presidency: A Useless Office?” on March 23, 2017

  • A talk by Irish Studies Program Director Tim Madigan on “‘Is This a Private Fight or Can Anyone Get In?': Why is it Okay to Make Fun of the Irish?”

  • A talk by James Joyce scholar Joseph Hassett, Esq. on his new book The Ulysses Trials, November 10, 2016

  • A commemoration of Catherine Wheelwright (mother of Eamon de Valera) on the 100th anniversary of the Easter Uprising, at her grave site in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, April 24, 2016. Video link.

  • A one-man show performance by Bosco Hogan as W.B. Yeats, March 11, 2016

  • A lecture by Irish actor Bosco Hogan (who played Cardinal John Fisher in the television series “The Tudors”) on John Fisher, March 10, 2016.

  • A presentation on traditional Irish music and its connections with America, by Verena Commins, Irish Studies Centre, National University of Ireland-Galway, October 20, 2015

  • A Symposium on “The Irish and the Titanic”, April 12, 2015

  • A talk by Ger Finn, Cavan County Manager, on the Irish and the American Civil War, March 18, 2015

  • A rededication of the Colonel O’Rorke Memorial Bridge on its 10th anniversary, October 4, 2014

  • Hosting of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, Nov. 15 & 16, 2013

  • Talk by  Hobart & William Smith Colleges economist Patrick McGuire on “Boom and Bust in Ireland: Return of the Celtic Tiger?”, November 11, 2013.

  • A symposium on “The Irish Vampire: Bram Stoker and Dracula” – October 28, 2013

  • Commemoration of Col. Patrick O'Rorke's heroism at the Battle of Gettysburg on the 150th anniversary of the battle, July 3, 2013.

  • A conference honoring the victims of the Great Famine (co-sponsored with the Irish American Cultural Institute), May 19, 2013

  • A talk by the Honorable James T. Walsh, former Member of Congress for the 25th District and former Chairman of the Congressional Friends of Ireland, on “The Good Friday Agreement: 15 Years On”

  • A talk by the Reverend Bill Shaw, OBE, on his peace activism in Belfast, Northern Ireland, February 25, 2013

  • Installation of a bust of Col. Patrick O’Rorke in Lavery Library, September 24, 2012

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