NUI Galway will host a 1916 conference at Columbia University this Friday (1 April) at Columbia University in New York. Entitled 1916: The Irish Rising at 100 Years it is taking place at the prestigious Heyman Center for the Humanities.
Four speakers from NUI Galway will discuss aspects of the relationship between Ireland, America, and 1916, telling the story of the Easter Rising, its context and cultural impact, and the formative role of America and New York in particular in shaping the Rising.
They will be joined by three Columbia academics and three scholars from Cornell University, the University of Pennsylvania and Penn State University. Dr Conor McNamara will look at the relationship between America and the Irish, with particular reference to Thomas Clarke who spent 27 years in the US before his heavy involvement in the Easter Rising.
Dr Mary Harris will talk about the role of key leaders of 1916, including Padriac Pearse and Eoin MacNeill, and how they moved from cultural to political activism.
Dr John Cunningham will discuss the crucial role of Irish labour in this transformative historical moment, focusing on the lessons James Connolly learnt during his time in America from 1903 to 1910.
Dr Adrian Paterson will talk on W.B Yeats’ reaction to the Rising; not only his famous poem Easter 1916 but his ballads about the men involved and a Japanese Noh play about a rebel who flees after the fighting to explore the desolate west coast.