“No America, no New York, no Easter Rising. Simple as that.”

Image from "A Terrible Beauty"

Glucksman Ireland House, the Center for Irish and Irish-American Studies at New York University, presents a four-day program (Tuesday, April 19 through Friday, April 22) examining the American dimensions of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising. It will include film screenings (see below for location of screenings) and a symposium (at Pier A Harbor House, 22 Battery Place) featuring over twenty scholars from throughout Ireland and U.S.

During the Easter of 1916, in the middle of the Great War, a rebellion took place in Ireland which sowed the seeds for the establishment of an Irish state independent of Great Britain. A seminal event in Irish history – the equivalent of America’s 4th of July – the Easter Rising had significant implications for other imperial relationships.

Invoking the spirit of her 2.3 million “exiled children in America,” the rebels in Dublin proclaimed a new Republic one of whose role-models was the United States of America. As the Allies increasingly sought American support in continental Europe, Anglo-American relations were pressed on the Irish question and on Britain’s role in determining the fate of her small nation neighbor.

Renowned historian and director of NYU’s Glucksman Ireland House NYU Joe Lee has observed, “No America, no New York, no Easter Rising. Simple as that.” The full four-day program running April 19-22nd interrogates that assertion by placing the Rising in a trans-national and trans-Atlantic setting. Twenty-two scholars, from a variety of disciplines, will excavate the ways in which the United States was an equally critical theater of war in Ireland’s journey towards independence.

The symposium will take place on Thursday, April 21 and Friday, April 22, at Pier A Harbor House, 22 Battery Place, New York City. As a prelude to the conference, Glucksman Ireland House NYU, will twice screen the acclaimed docudrama A Terrible Beauty followed by a Q&A with its filmmakers, on Tuesday, April 19 and Wednesday, April 20. Due to high demand, the film will be screen twice - Tuesday, April 19 at 7:00 pm at Cantor Film Center, 36 East 8th Street; and Wednesday, April 20, at 7:00 pm at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò NYU, 24 West 12th Street.

The symposium will conclude with a special event in Washington Square Park, New York City, on Friday, April 22 at 7pm. The Proclamation of the Irish Republic will be read in both English and Irish, followed by a short musical program by the Glee Club of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. Irish actress Lisa Dwan, known for her performances of Samuel Beckett’s work, will read the Proclamation in English; she can currently be seen in Samuel Beckett Trilogy: Not I, Footfalls, Rockaby at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

Full details for the programs, including ticketing, are available at http://irelandhouse.fas.nyu.edu/page/events or by emailing ireland.house@nyu.edu.


Glucksman Ireland House NYU is one of the top-ranked academic Irish Studies programs in the United States. Through innovative undergraduate and graduate academic curricula and extensive public programming, it provides access to the best in Irish and Irish-American culture. Its initiatives include American Journal of Irish Studies, an extensive oral history project, and a weekly cultural affairs radio program Saturday mornings on WNYE 91.5FM. Visit us at http://irelandhouse.fas.nyu.edu/page/home.


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