The virtual gala is free and open to the public.
Renowned for its teaching, research and public humanities initiatives, Glucksman Ireland House at New York University will hold its ninth annual gala online on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. (EST) when it honors three leaders in business, philanthropy and journalism and will be joined by An Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Micheál Martin of Ireland.
The event by the NYU center for Irish and Irish-American studies will honor: Mary McAleese, former president of Ireland and chancellor of Trinity College Dublin, who will receive the Seamus Heaney Award for Arts and Letters; Anne M. Finucane, vice chairman, Bank of America and chair, Bank of America Europe, who will receive the Lewis L. Glucksman Leadership Award; and Dan Barry, prize-winning reporter and columnist at The New York Times and author of several books, who will receive the inaugural Pete Hamill Award for Journalistic Excellence.
Past honorees include Loretta Brennan Glucksman, Sir James Galway, Pete Hamill, Michael "Buzzy" O'Keeffe, Ted Smyth, Paul Muldoon, Alice McDermott, Colum McCann, Danny McDonald, Carl Shanahan, Niall O'Dowd, Peter Quinn, Colm Tóibín, Dómhnall Slattery and Jim Rooney.
Glucksman Ireland House stands as a beacon of Irish and Irish-American academic and cultural achievement in the United States and beyond. During this unusual academic year, the center continues to pursue its mission with an emphasis on social justice, and is especially proud of its Black, Brown and Green Voices Project, an archival documentation and public humanities initiative that gives voice to the diversity of the Irish diaspora.
Proceeds from the gala will help support Glucksman Ireland House’s academic and outreach activity and a donation will be made to the NYU Students Emergency Fund to assist those who are suffering hardship from Covid-19.