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Lecture by Mary Burke: “Race, Politics, and Irish-America: A Gothic History”

April 21, 2023 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

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Photo courtesy Mary Burke

Professor of English at the University of Connecticut Mary Burke presents a talk that draws from her new book, Race, Politics, and Irish-America: A Gothic History (Oxford University Press, March 2023). Burke examines the cultural legacies of the forcibly transported Irish, the Scots-Irish, and post-Famine Catholic immigrants through the words and lives of Black and white writers and public figures in the Americas, from Andrew Jackson to Grace Kelly and the Caribbean-Irish Rihanna. Introduced by Visiting Leonard L. Milberg ’52 Professor in Irish Letters Fintan O’Toole.

Burke’s first book with Oxford University Press was a cultural history of the indigenous Irish Traveller minority. Her collaboration with Tramp Press on a new edition of The Horse of Selene, Traveller novelist Juanita Casey’s lost classic, will launch in the U.S. in late April. Burke’s work has been featured or published with James Joyce Quarterly, NPR, the Irish Times, RTÉ, and Faber. She has served on Fulbright’s Screening Committee for Ireland and is a former NEH Irish Studies Fellow at the University of Notre Dame. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast, she was awarded a fall 2022 Long Room Hub Fellowship at Trinity College Dublin for her book in progress, Bohemian Ireland.

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The lecture is free and open to the public. No advance tickets or registration required.

Get directions and find venue information for the James Stewart Film Theater at 185 Nassau Street.


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April 21, 2023
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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James Stewart Film Theater
185 Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ 08544 United States
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