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American Conference

FOR IRISH STUDIES Fall 2010 Newsletter


12th Annual ACIS Book and Dissertation Prizes to be Presented Submission period open now

The American Conference for Irish Studies sponsors five prizes annually for books on Irish subjects, open to books published worldwide (and a sixth prize for the year’s outstanding dissertation). • James S. Donnelly, Sr. Prize for Books on History and Social Sciences • Michael J. Durkan Prize for Books on Language and Culture • Duais Leabhar Taighde na Bliana Fhoras na Gaeilge/ACIS Award for Books in the Irish Language • Donald Murphy Prize for Distinguished First Book • Robert Rhodes Prize for Books on Literature • Adele Dalsimer Prize for Distinguished Dissertation The prize-winning books will be announced in Spring 2011 and awarded at the ACIS business meeting, where the selection committee’s encomium is read. Each prize also carries a cash award of $500. In addition, ACIS announces the awards in its Newsletter, received by all members; with a display ad in the Irish Literary Supplement; on its website at http://www.acisweb.com/info. php?type=main; and in press releases to Irish Studies journals and list serves.

PRESIDENT

James Rogers jrogers@stthomas.edu

VICE PRESIDENT Sean Farrell sfarrel1@niu.edu

INTERNATIONAL TREASURER Daire Keogh, daire.keogh@spd.dcu.ie

TREASURER

Nicholas Wolf nwolf2@gmu.edu

SECRETARY

Michael de Nie mdenie@westga.edu

PAST PRESIDENT AND INTERNTIONAL REPRESENTATIVE Jose Lanters lanters@uwm.edu

ELIGIBILITY The committees encourage you to nominate books for consideration. Please note that, because the 2011 national meeting is earlier than usual, the submission deadlines have been moved back correspondingly . All books submitted for the next round of awards must have a publication date of 2010. Anyone, including the author, may submit books for consideration. ACIS members who wish to nominate a book should contact the relevant committee chair, who will then contact the publisher. Edited collections; fiction; poetry; and anthologies of literature are not eligible. Copies of the books nominated must be sent to each of the members of the appropriate committee (see next page) by 20 January 2011. Overseas publishers in particular should be aware that the January deadline for a postmark is firm. No book may compete for more than one of the three disciplinary prizes (Donnelly, Durkan, Rhodes), but an author’s first scholarly monograph (or collection of original essays) may be submitted to the Murphy prize committee in addition to one of the three disciplinary committees. Authors may contact the committee chair to determine whether their book has been submitted for a prize. Prize chairs may choose to reassign entered works.

GRADUATE STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE

John Malloy john.malloy@marquette.edu

MIDWESTERN REPRESENTATIVE Timothy McMahon timothy.g.mcmahon@marquette.edu

SOUTHERN REPRESENTATIVE Howard Keeley irish@georgiasouthern.edu

NEW ENGLAND REPRESENTATIVE Mary Burke mary.2.burke@uconn.edu

MID-ATLANTIC REPRESENTATIVE Kate Costello-Sullivan sullivkp@lemoyne.edu

WESTERN REPRESENTATIVE Kendall Reid kreid@tacomacc.edu

CELTIC STUDIES REPRESENTATIVE Thomas Finan tjfinan@mindspring.com

ARTS REPRESENTATIVE Donna Potts dlpotts@ksu.edu

HISTORY REPRESENTATIVE Ryan Dye dyeryand@sau.edu

SOCIAL SCIENCE REPRESENTATIVE Brigittine French frenchb@grinnell.edu

IRISH LANGUAGE REPRESENTATIVE Nancy Stenson stenson@umn.edu

LITERATURE REPRESENTATIVE Karen Steele k.steele@tcu.edu


The committees are now in place, and are listed below by November and announced on the ACIS website. Please do not send copies of books to ACIS officers. For more information contact the chair of the Book Prize Committee, Sean Farrell (sfarrel1@niu.edu).

BOOK PRIZE COMMITTEES ACIS Prize Committees, 2010

James S. Donnelly, Sr. Prize for Books on History and Social Sciences Brigittine French, Chair Department of Anthropology Grinnell College 1118 Park Street Grinnell, IA 50112-1670

Ray Cashman Department of English Ohio State University 164 W. 17th Avenue Columbus, OH 43210

David Western Valparaiso University Mueller Hall 128 1300 Chapel Drive Valparaiso, IN, 46383

Duais Leabhar Taighde na Bliana Fhoras na Gaeilge/ACIS Award for Books in the Irish Language Nancy Stenson, Chair 1235 Yale Place, #308 Minneapolis, MN 55403

Nick Wolf VCU Dept. of History Box 842001 Richmond, VA 23284-2001

Liam Ó Dochartaigh f/ch Aonad na Gaeilge Ollscoil Luimnigh Luimneach - LIMERICK Éire – IRELAND

Donald Murphy Prize for Distinguished First Book Ryan Dye, Chair Associate Professor of History Saint Ambrose University 518 West Locust Street Davenport, IA 52803

Maria Doyle University of West Georgia Department of English and Philosophy 1601 Maple Street, Carrollton, Georgia 30118

Gavin Foster School of Canadian Irish Studies, Concordia University 1455 de Maisonneuve W., GM 903-23 Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3G 1M8

Robert Rhodes Prize for Books on Literature Karen Steele, Chair Professor of English and Women’s Studies TCU Box 297270 Fort Worth, TX 76129

Mary Burke Associate Professor Department of English University of Connecticut Storrs, CT 06269-4025

Ed Madden Associate Professor Department of English Humanities Office Building University of South Carolina Columbia, SC 29208

Michael J. Durkan Prize for Books on Language and Culture Donna Potts, Chair Department of English 108 E/CS Building Kansas State University Manhattan, KS 66506-6501

Christine Cusick Department of English Seton Hill University 1 Seton Hill Drive Greensburg, PA 15601

Rebecca McCloud Department of English Avila University 11901 Wornall Road Kansas City, MO 64145

Adele Dalsimer Prize for Distinguished Dissertation Kendall Reid, Chair Wanamaker Library Tacoma Community College. 6501 South 19th Street, Tacoma, WA 98466

Eileen Morgan-Zayackek Department of English SUNY- Oneonta St322 Netzer Administration Building Oneonta, NY 13820-4015

Mark Doyle History Department Middle Tennessee State University Box 23 - 1301 East Main St. Murfreesboro, TN 37132


Book Awards 2009 James S. Donnelly, Sr. Prize for Books on History and Social Sciences First Prize Eric G.E. Zuelow is assistant professor of European History at the University of New England, Special Graduate Faculty at the University of Guelph, Ontario, and Adjunct Graduate Faculty at Union Institute and University

Making Ireland Irish: Tourism and National Identity in Ireland Since the Irish Civil War. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2009 Link to Eriz Zuelow’s video presentation on Making Ireland Irish: Click Here

Honorable Mention James Livesey is currently Reader in History at the University of Sussex. Dr. Livesey previously taught at Trinity College Dublin. In 2008-2009 he was Visiting Professor at Harvard University.

Civil Society and Empire: Ireland and Scotland in the EighteenthCentury Atlantic World . Yale University Press, 2009

Michael J. Durkan Prize for Books on Language and Culture Gerry Smyth is Reader in Cultural History at Liverpool John Moores University, UK Music in Irish Cultural History. Irish Academic Press


Donald Murphy Prize for Distinguished First Book Padhraig Higgins is Assistant Professor of History at Mercer County College in New Jersey.

A Nation of Politicians: Gender, Patriotism, and Political Culture in Late Eighteenth-Century Ireland. Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press

Robert Rhodes Prize for Books on Literature Stephen Watt is Professor of English – and of Theatre and Drama –at Indiana University.

Beckett and Contemporary Irish Writing. Cambridge University Press

Duais Leabhar Taighde na Bliana Fhoras na Gaeilge/ACIS Prize for Books in the Irish Language Brian Ó Conchubhair is Assistant Professor of Irish Language and Literature at University of Notre Dame

Fin de Siecle na Gaeilge. Clóchomhar/Cló Iar-Chonnachta Link to Dr. Ó Conchubhair’s video on the Irish language: Click Here


ACIS Southern Regional Conference 2011 “Ireland: Layers and Laminates”

HOSTS: The Center for Irish Studies, Georgia Southern University (Statesboro, GA) and assisting Conference Host, Armstrong Atlantic State University (Savannah, GA) LOCATION: Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA DATE: 17-19 February 2011 PROPOSALS DUE: 12 January 2011 via email Contact: Rachel Cason - irish@georgiasouthern.edu Website: Click Here Ireland is many-layered. One identity or experience is laminated atop another. The ancient text Lebor Gabála Érenn (“Book of the Takings of Ireland”) details several successive invader peoples, not least the Fir Bolg, who were followed by the Tuatha Dé Danann, who were followed by the Milesians. Sydney Owenson’s The Wild Irish Girl: A National Tale — published six years after the 1800 Act of Union—displays awareness of cultural layering. The “Girl” of the title belongs to an Irish family that an old native describes as “true Milesians, bred and born, every mother’s soul of them.” That individual continues: “O! not a drop of Strongbonean flowed in their Irish veins agrah!...The family flourished [with] an army of galloglasses at their back, until the Cromwellian wars broke out.” One of “Cromwell’s English generals” impoverished and embittered the family by seizing its lands; but by the end of the novel, a descendant of his has warmed to the Gaelic tongue and is the Wild Irish Girl’s choice for husband. Sooner or later, layering occurs. Today, Ireland’s push for a “smart” and “green” economy is but the latest laminate to be applied to an island of multiple strata. As Ireland re-makes itself after red-letter peace accords and the demise of the Celtic Tiger, historians, literary and cultural critics, linguists, farmers, environmental activists, politicians, and representatives of many other professions are attempting to chart the future by identifying palimpsests of various kinds and closely reading them, ply by ply. Reading closely, listening carefully, and discussing vigorously and with respect are features to anticipate at the 2011 ACIS Southern Regional Conference. Warm Southern and Irish welcomes await you in gorgeous Savannah over the weekend of 17-19

February 2011, when we’ll gather at Armstrong Atlantic State University, which is celebrating its seventy-fifth year. The campus is just minutes away from Savannah’s historic core; and Tybee Island and other lovely Georgia beaches are also within easy reach. Our Conference overlaps the 19th Annual Savannah Irish Festival, an event with quality Irish musical and cultural offerings at the downtown Savannah Civic Center on Sa. 19 and Su. 20 February 2011: yet another excellent reason to visit Georgia’s first city! The Conference is being hosted by the Center for Irish Studies, Georgia Southern University, in cooperation with Armstrong Atlantic State University. We especially encourage proposals for papers and panels that address the Conference theme. However, proposals on any topic related to Irish and Irish diasporic studies are welcome. Presentations from a range of disciplines and in all languages of the island of Ireland are desired. Guidelines: The proposal should consist of the following two elements: (1) the text of the proposal proper, not to exceed 400 words; and (2) a biographical sketch for introduction purposes, not to exceed 125 words. It would be helpful if, in addition, you could indicate when on the Friday and/or Saturday of the Conference you are not available to present and whether you would be prepared to chair a paper session. Rachel will acknowledge receipt of all proposals in a timely fashion. She is also happy to address Conference-related questions you may have.


Fifth International George Moore Conference HOSTS: NUI Galway, Moore Hall, Mayo, Coole Park, Galway DATE: June 3-6 2011 PROPOSALS DUE: 11 February 2011 Contact: Conor Montague - montague1@nuigalway.ie Website: Click Here 2011 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the publication of Ave. Bearing this in mind, the focus of this conference will concern the relationship of George Moore to the Irish Revival and to those involved in various social/cultural/political movements in Ireland during the first decade of the twentieth century. Since a portion of the conference will be held at Moore Hall, we will also welcome papers concerning the Moore family and estate. Topics may include but are by no means limited to: - Moore’s Literary Legacy - Moore and autobiography - Irish Modernism - The Irish fin de siècle - Moore as collaborator - Moore as conduit of European influence (Dujardin, Turgenev, Wagner) - The Moores of Moore Hall - Moore’s Dublin Circle - Moore & the West of Ireland - Maurice Moore as revivalist - Literary Modernism and/or the Modernist

Heresy - The Big House and the Irish Revival - Dublin and urban folklore - Yeats and Moore, Joyce and Moore, AE and Moore, etc. - Moore, Clerics, and Christianity - Moore, Hyde and the Gaelic League - Controversy and the Irish revival Moore’s best book? Guidelines: Abstracts for individual papers and round tables on the topic of the conference are welcome. They should be limited to 150-200 words. All non-plenary papers or presentations are limited to a maximum of 20 minutes. Submissions must include name, institutional affiliation or independent scholar status and contact information. To submit abstract: Fifth International George Moore Conference at www.conference.ie or c.montague1@nuigalway.

17th International Conference of the Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland (SSNCI) “Irish Elites in the Nineteenth Century”

HOSTS: Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool DATE: 30 June—01 July, 2011 PROPOSALS DUE: 31 January, 2011 as attachments to sssnci2011@gmail.com Contact: Ciaran O’Neill - sssnci2011@gmail.com Website: Click Here

This conference seeks to redefine the concepts of elites and elitism in nineteenth-century Ireland. Issues such as social stratification and the distribution of power in Irish society have often been overlooked by nineteenth-century scholars, or discussed narrowly in relation to political history.

Power, wealth, and influence were distributed in myriad ways in the nineteenth century, and often through localised elites or social networks. County clubs, old school networks, and voluntary and charitable organisations appeared throughout the century, vying for the attention of the established elite and the rising middle classes alongside political parties, freemasonry and sports and social clubs. Aspirational behaviour was evident at many levels of society and affected Irish men and women of all religious backgrounds.


Guidelines: Conference papers will address the theme of elitism in Ireland with the widest possible interpretation of the term, and with a focus on the local, practical applications of power and influence. Appropriate topics for 20-minute papers may include, but are not restricted to: - Education Social mobility - Elitism and the state - Literary and cultural elites - Elites and

elitism in fiction - Local Government - Working class perspectives - Religious elites. The convenors—Ciaran O’Neill (Hertford College, Oxford) and James Murphy (DePaul University, Chicago)—welcome both individual proposals and suggestions for panels on additional themes.

Speakers Tom Garvin (UCD )

Marianne Elliott (UOL)

John Hutchinson (LSE)

Canadian Association For Irish Studies

“Text and Beyond Text in Irish Studies: New Visual, Material & Spatial” Perspectives HOSTS: School of Canadian Irish Studies; Concordia University LOCATION: Montreal , Quebec DATE: 6-9 July 2011 PROPOSALS DUE: 17 January 2011 Contact: Michael Kenneally - irishstu@alcor.concordia.ca Initially based primarily on text-based literary and historical investigation, Irish Studies have increasingly been infused by resources and methods derived from other disciplines. Explorations of visual communication, of material culture and the built environment, and of performance generate contrapuntal meanings to be considered alongside textually-derived narratives. Indeed, words (whether sung, spoken or written), aside from their own function and inherent value in history and culture, also serve as conduits to study Irish things, places, and performances. The premise of this conference is to encourage a flourishing dynamic between the study of text-based materials and that of images, things, sounds, tastes, movement, and other cultural and social markers, as a means of offering new perspectives on Irish Studies. The Canadian Association for Irish Studies, therefore,

Michael Kenneally

Rhona Richman Kenneally

invites papers on any aspect of these disciplines. Papers are also invited on other topics of interest to members of CAIS. Guidelines:Proposals should be 250-500 words in length, and include a brief (approx. 50 word) bio of the submitter. Please send any questions to the conference e-mail address.


The 2011 International Meeting of The American Conference for Irish Studies “Global Networks and Local Ties”

HOSTS: University of Wisconsin--Madison LOCATION: University of Wisconsin—Madison campus DATE: March 30-April 2, 2011 PROPOSALS DUE DATE HAS PASSED Contact: Mary Trotter, Director of UW-Madison’s Celtic Studies Program, at the conference e-mail address Website: Click Here As the ACIS enters its second half-century, the 2011 conference organizers invite you to join us on the campus of the University of Wisconsin - Madison for a four-day meeting of papers, roundtables, lectures, exhibits, readings and performances. The conference papers will cover all topics and aspects of Irish studies, including history, literature, language, culture, and arts, and, particularly, the notions of the “global” and the “local” in Irish Studies. While the recent “Celtic Tiger” boom and bust made glaringly apparent the impact of globalization on Irish history and culture in contemporary times, the tension between global and local perspectives has informed Irish and Irish diaspora cultures for centuries. This tension also informs Irish Studies research, which has increasingly adopted interdisciplinary approaches to examine the Irish experience in the context of wider cultural, theoretical and geographical networks. Some topics include: • The Cosmopolitan and the Vernacular in Irish Literature and Arts • Ireland’s relation to its own and other Diaspora Communities • Ireland’s Immigrant/Emigrant Ethos • Ireland and the European Union • World Empires and their Local Impact • Global Technology and Irish Nationalisms • Irish Studies in the Age of Interdisciplinarity • Irish Bodies

Along with papers specific to the conference theme, we are interested in using this conference to highlight the most recent work in the field. Some planned highlights of this year’s meeting include: • A traditional music performance by internationally acclaimed musicians: Liz Carroll and Dáithí Sproule

• Irish film screenings via the Wisconsin Film Festival, • A panel involving live theatre performance • Screening of a video of the New York production of Teresa Deevy’s Wife to James Whelan.

• An Irish language table hosted by Madison’s Celtic Cultural Center • Conference banquet at Madison’s Concourse Hotel--where President Barack Obama held a fund-raising dinner when he was last in town!

Keynote Address Christopher Morash Head of English NUI Maynooth

Kerby Miller History Curators’ Professor at the University of Missouri

Julia Wright English Canada Research Chair in European Studies


Irish Literature Position, Concordia University, Montreal

The School of Canadian Irish Studies at Concordia University in Montreal now invites applications for one tenure-track position in any period of Irish Literature and/or the Literature of the Irish Diaspora. The ideal candidate will have a completed PhD, a strong research and teaching profile, a demonstrated multidisciplinary approach to his/her own subject as well as a broad interdisciplinary conceptualization of Irish Studies. In addition to teaching courses in Irish Literature, the successful candidate will be expected to play a central role in the further expansion of Irish Studies at Concordia University.

sor, for July 1, 2011. Applications must consist of a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, copies of recent publications, a statement of teaching philosophy/interests, a statement of research achievements, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Candidates must also arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly to Dr. Michael Kenneally, Principal, School of Canadian Irish Studies Concordia University 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. Montreal, QC, H3G 1M8 Michael.Kenneally@concordia.ca Applications should reach the School no later than December 6, 2010. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. Concordia University is committed to employment equity. Contact: Michael Kenneally Michael.Kenneally@concordia.ca

We anticipate filling this position, at the rank of Assistant Profes-

National Sporting Library & Museum Seeks Applicants For 2011-2012 John H. Daniels Fellowships The National Sporting Library & Museum seeks applications for the John H. Daniels Fellowship, which supports scholars doing research in the area of horse and field sports. Applications must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2011. The John H. Daniels Fellowship supports scholars at the NSL&M for periods of two weeks to one year. Applicants must submit a formal application demonstrating how they will utilize the NSL&M’s collections of books, periodicals, manuscripts, archival materials, and fine art. A special fellowship will be offered this year for topics relating to field sports and conservation. Selected fellows receive complimentary housing in Middleburg and a stipend to cover living and travel costs. University faculty and graduate students; museum curators and librarians; and writers and journalists are encouraged to apply. Past fellows from the disciplines of history, literature, equine studies, journalism, art history, anthropology, area studies, and sport and environmental history have received fellowships. The program began in 2007 in honor of sportsman and book collector, John H. Daniels (1921-2006), a longtime supporter of the NSL&M. Past topics have included a biography of champion show jumper, Snowman; American stable design; the history of riding dress; conservation and ethics in American fly fishing; and Early Modern horsemanship manuals. Since 2007, the NSL&M

has hosted 23 fellows from throughout the United States and from five countries. A complete list of past projects is available on the fellowship webpage. The NSL&M has 17,000 volumes on horse and field sports dating from 1523 to the present. Its collections comprise many areas of equestrian sports, including works on Thoroughbred racing, foxhunting, steeplechasing, dressage, and general horsemanship. Works also include treatises on veterinary medicine, animal husbandry, farriery, cavalry, and training of horses and sporting dogs. The collections are especially strong in rare books and manuscripts on riding and foxhunting in Ireland and Great Britain, and the Library owns editions of the complete works of Irish novelists Edith Somerville and Martin Ross, including original manuscripts. Also represented are the non-equestrian, traditionally-British sports of fly fishing, shooting, and fowling. The National Sporting Art Museum will open in 2011 on the Library campus, with 11 galleries featuring exhibits of American and European fine sporting art. Further information, application criteria, and a brochure may be found at www.nsl.org/fellowship. html or by contacting Elizabeth Tobey, Director of Research & Publications, at fellowship@nsl.org or 540-687-6542 x 11 Contact Elizabeth Tobey fellowship@nsl.org www.nsl.org/fellowship.html


President - Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) plays a distinctive and successful role within the technological sector of higher education in Ireland, focused on the convergence of the arts, technology and enterprise. IADT wishes to appoint a President, who will take up office next May and who will lead the further growth and development of the Institute at a time of opportunity and change in the context of the national strategy for higher education. The President will lead the continuing development of IADT partnerships with industry and community and will continue the development of collaborative relationships nationally and internationally Candidates must be well qualified academically, ideally with a postgraduate degree or equivalent professional qualification. An

established record of achievement in higher education, business, industry or the public sector at a senior management level is essential. The successful candidate will have highly developed leadership, organisational, communication and interpersonal skills combined with vision and drive to shape the future of the IADT as a leading educator for the creative and cultural sectors. This is a full-time, fixed term appointment of five years’ duration. For further information on the post and the online application process please visit our website www.publicjobs.ie or for a confidential discussion contact Martina Rooney on +353 8587630 or at martina.rooney@publicjobs.ie Closing date : Thursday 25th November, 2010

That the World May Know

American Irish Historical Society - Maureen Murphy Research Seminar in Irish and American Irish Studies The American Irish Historical Society announces today the launch of the Maureen Murphy Research Seminars in Irish and American Irish Studies. The Research Seminar series is named in honor of the Society’s Historiographer and longtime member of the Executive Council. The Research Seminars will serve to make better known the Society’s unique and wide-ranging archives and to provide a forum for members to learn of the scholarly research being fostered here at present. Scholars who have used the collection recently will deliver informal lectures to the academic community, members of the Society, and the general public. The series will begin in the fall of 2010. These seminars will serve to strengthen the bond between the Society, the academic community, and the general public. Maureen Murphy is Professor of Curriculum and Teaching in the School of Education, Health and Human Services at Hofs-

tra University. She served as the Interim Dean of the School of Education, Health and Human Services at Hofstra University from 2005-2008. A past president of the American Conference for Irish Studies and a past chair of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures, she was one of the senior editors of the prize-winning Dictionary of Irish Biography published in nine volumes and on line by the Royal Irish Academy and Cambridge University Press in 2009. Murphy edited Asenath Nicholson’s Annals of the Famine in Ireland (1998) and Ireland’s Welcome to the Stranger (2002), Annie O’Donnell’s, Your Fondest Annie (2005) and with James MacKillop edited Irish Literature: a Reader (1987, rev. ed. 2006). She is currently writing a biography of Nicholson. Murphy directed the New York State Great Irish Curriculum Project (2001); it won the National Conference for the Social Studies Excellence Award in 2002. Murphy was also the historian of the Irish Hunger Memorial in Battery Park City. She serves on the Board the Emerald Isle Immigration Center.

Monday, November 8th

12:30pm “The Heated Imagination of Hostile Irish” by Catriona Lennox This discussion dissects the British perspective of the Irish-American role in the fight for independence. Tracing how the British understood, followed and discussed these Irish-American organizations, like the Friends of Irish Freedom, will paint an intriguing picture regarding the impact Irish-Americans had in the struggle for independence. Furthermore, it also illustrates the vital place the Irish question held within Anglo-American relations, a factor that the Irish-American leadership would use continuously both their benefit and that of their homeland.


Catriona Lennox is currently finishing her MA at the London School of Economics in the History of Empires. This seminar is free and open to the public. Seats may be reserved by emailing the Society’s Library & Archive Curator, William Hurley.

Monday, November 29th

12:30pm “The Hostage and The Country Boy: Two Irish Plays in New York, November 1960” by Stephen Butler of Drew University When Brendan Behan’s The Hostage debuted on Broadway in the fall of 1960, the Irish playwright was at the height of his fame. The ensuing months would see Behan become an American media darling due to his witty appearances on The Jack Parr Show and David Suskind’s Open End. But what did the Irish-American media in New York think of Behan? Stephen Butler is a Ph.D. candidate at Drew University and he teaches at Iona College and Kean University. This seminar is free and open to the public. Seats may be reserved by emailing the Society’s Library & Archive Curator, William Hurley.

Monday, December 6th

12:30pm “Irish American Notions Towards the Meaning of America” by John French By looking at the concept of what it meant to be an American through the prism of the Irish experience between the 1850’s and the 1930’s, much can be learned about the relationship of patriotism and nation in wartime America. The Irish themselves held strong opinions about what constituted an “American” and an “un-American” idea, principle, and policy, and in a country founded upon an idea, these perceptions can tell us a great deal about what it meant to be an American and what freedom itself meant to Irish-American immigrants various in American history. John A. French is a PhD candidate in American History at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This seminar is free and open to the public. Seats may be reserved by emailing the Society’s Library & Archive Curator, William Hurley.

Monday December 13th

12:30pm “Judge Daly and American Aid to Ireland” by Harvey Strum American aid to Ireland in 1861 took a voluntary relief effort led by an Irish-American, Judge Charles Daly, in New York to get the relief effort moving and funds were raised in the spring of 1863 for Ireland. Once again, during the Little Famine, Americans voluntarily started raising funds in November 1879 and the relief effort lasted until the end of 1880 with two committees, the New York Irish Relief Committee, headed by Charles Daly, and the New York Herald Irish Relief Fund, chaired by James Gordon Bennett, Jr. contributing to Irish relief. Harvey Strum is a professor at the Sage College. This seminar is free and open to the public. Seats may be reserved by emailing the Society’s Library & Archive Curator, William Hurley.


ACIS 2010 Elections I hope this note finds everyone in good spirits as the semester eases its way towards Thanksgiving. I’m writing about ACIS elections -- a topic, no doubt, that has dominated your consciousness as it has mine. With the help of my talented committee members (Charlotte Headrick and James Kennelly), I am trying to put the election together and in doing so, I need your help. When you go to your various regional conferences please take the time to announce the call for nominations at the business meeting. Interested parties can contact me if they need further information. It goes without saying, of course, that I would be delighted to get your ideas for potential candidates for the positions in question (disciplinary representatives, vice president, grad student rep). Please submit nominations by the end of the year. Thanks for your help and all best, Sean Farrell, Ph.D. Associate Professor of History Northern Illinois University DeKalb, IL 60115

By-Laws V. Elections A. Elections for Vice-President and the six discipline representatives on the Executive Committee are to be held every two years. B. The President will fill vacancies which may arise on the Executive Committee between elections. Should a vacancy arise in the office of Vice-President, the member appointed will not succeed automatically to the office of President on completion of the term of office. An election for President will be held at the time of the next election for membership on the Executive Committee. C. A committee chaired by the Vice-President, nominated by the President, and appointed by the Executive Committee will invite members to submit names from which it will select candidates for office. The committee will then send ballots to members, tabulate their votes, announce the results to the Executive Committee and the membership, and deposit the ballots in the A.C.I.S. archives

Vice President American Conference for Irish Studies (815) 753-6658 sfarrel1@niu.edu

ACIS Dues As you know, ACIS dues now run through the calendar year. Single-year memberships, such as yours, expire at the end of each calendar year. Your annual membership dues in the American Conference for Irish Studies dues are essential to the organization. To re-join, go to the ACIS website at http://www.acisweb.com/ index.php and click on “Join ACIS” at the bottom of the page. You may pay by credit card though a secure PayPal account, or print out a form and mail your dues to Nicholas Wolf, VCU Department of History, PO Box 842001, 811 S. Cathedral Place, Richmond, VA 23284-2001 E-mail: nwolf2@gmu.edu Thank you in advance for your continued membership in the American Conference for Irish Studies. Michael de Nie Secretary

Newsletter Editor The ACIS Newsletter appears three times per year, in Fall, Winter, and Spring. Deadlines for submissions are Oct. 1 for Fall, Jan 1 for Winter, and March 1 for Spring. Please send official material, conference pictures, tidbits, and news to Jill Brady Hampton via email: Jillh@usca.edu. Thanks!

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