S​t. John Fisher College’s Irish Studies Program Director Dr. Tim Madigan organized an all-day conference Oct. 28, 2013 centered on Irish author Bram Stoker's depiction of the Count Dracula vampire story.  The multidiscliplinary study examined Stoker's 1897 novel in the context of its connection to Irish culture and politics as well as other aspects of vampires in popular culture.
Presenters included
  • Dr. Tim Madigan, Director of Fisher's Irish Studies Program
  • Glenn Odden, Erie Community College, Buffalo
  • Joseph Valente, University of Buffalo
  • Greg Cunningham, St. John Fisher
  • Kathleen Costello-Sullivan, St. John Fisher.
The event concluded with a showing of the 1992 movie Bram Stoker's Dracula

The Irish Vampire

University of Buffalo professor Michael Valente discusses his book about the Irish roots of Stoker's work

Irish studies director Tim Madigan greets students arriving for the conference

The conference audience included Fisher students and members of the public

The conference was presented with the support of the New York Council for the Humanites