St John Fisher College Irish Studies Program​

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The second annual conference presented by the St. John Fisher College Irish Studies program was held on Feb. 22, 2013, featuring nearly 20 presenters and two short films in seven sessions over the course of the day.

The theme was Frederick Douglass and Ireland, with a focus on the famous abolitionist's time in Rochester and his early 1840s visit to Ireland, where he was both delighted and appalled -- delighted to be treated as a person equal to all others despite his skin color and appalled at the plight of the destitute Irish poor, whose conditions he compared to the oppression the black slaves faced back in his homeland.

Academic sessions. Three segments of the conference were devoted to scholarly examination of Douglass and his era in the US and Ireland

The conference was sponsored by St. John Fisher College and the New York Council for Humanities.

Bringing Douglass to Life. Children from a Frederick Douglass Club at a Rochester City School and a local African-American scholar and Douglass impersonator re-enacted scenes from his life

Following up  Three days after the conference another special presentation described reconciliation in Belfast, Northern Ireland