October 20, 2023

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The African American Irish Diaspora Network, in partnership with New York University’s Glucksman Ireland House, Office of Global Inclusion, and the John Brademas Center, along with NYPL Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, announced its October 20, 2023 public interview with renowned American writer Dennis Lehane. The author discussed his new novel Small Mercies, which is set against Boston’s 1974 tumult around the desegregation of public schools. 

Lehane, who grew up in Boston, has published fourteen novels which have been translated into more than 30 languages and have become international bestsellers. Four of his novels, Live by Night, Mystic River, Gone, Baby, Gone, and Shutter Island, have been adapted into films. He was also a staff writer on the acclaimed HBO series, The Wire.

Introductions to the programs were provided by NYU’s Kimberly DaCosta, author of Making Multiracials: State, Family, and Market in the Redrawing of the Color Line (Stanford University Press, 2007). 

These programs are presented with support from the Irish government’s Emigrant Support Program. 

sponsor logos: NYU Brademas Center, Glucksman Ireland House, African Irish Diaspora Network, Schomburg Center, NYU OGI

Black, Brown and Green Voices is a documentation strategy and public humanities initiative founded by Miriam Nyhan Grey. Affiliated with New York University in various capacities since 2008, Grey is a founding board member of the African American Irish Diaspora Network.