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TALK ON THE GREAT FAMINE

This will be a *non organizer* attended event I'm afraid - would love to be there but have work travel, however the setting at Glucksman Ireland House for anyone new to it is very welcoming. If you're not a member they simply ask for a $10 donation at the door.

In The Graves Are Walking: The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People, author John Kelly sheds new light on one of the worst disasters to strike mankind. Conveyed as a lyrical narrative history, Kelly underscores how the Great Irish Potato Famine was in many ways a man-made disaster. With new research and analysis on the ways in which the famine was used to reshape Irish society by Britain's nation-building policy makers, readers gain a better understanding of the hand that mankind had in the catastrophe. Further exploring the resulting exodus of many Irish to America, the story becomes one of survival and perseverance against all odds.
Of The Graves Are Walking: The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People, former US President Bill Clinton writes, "John Kelly gives heartbreaking detail to the Great Famine that seared itself into the memory of the Irish people, and sheds fascinating new light on the policy decisions that made it even worse. The Graves are Walking is a cautionary tale for all who would risk calamity – human, economic, or ecological – in the name of scoring an ideological victory."
As author and independent scholar, Kelly examines the convergence of health, human behavior and science within European history, allowing readers to consider some of the continent's most infamous events through a more informed understanding. His previous books include, The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time (HarperCollins, 2005).
Introduction by Joe Lee, Glucksman Chair of Irish Studies, Professor of History, and Director of Glucksman Ireland House NYU.
Free admission to Members of Glucksman Ireland House and to all students/faculty with a valid NYU I.D. card. For non-members: $10 donation at the door for the general event series.
In order to ensure a seat at events, please RSVP to[masked] (option 3) or email [masked], except for the Blarney Star Concert Series which does not accept reservations.
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  • Leslie C.

    John Kelly knew his subject inside out, there is no doubt that he thoroughly researched the subject inside and out. He stated that the Famine's effect on Ireland was something like being hit by a low level atomic bomb. I'm sure it was the truth but it was the first time I had heard such an analogy. Mr. Kelly wasn't afraid to voice his opinion that certain politicians running for office at the present have the same view as Charles Trevelyan did.

    September 18, 2012

  • charlie

    I assume I can still attend even tho it s past 9/11 deadline

    September 13, 2012

    • charlie

      Thanks..............Then­ I ll be there tonight

      September 13, 2012

    • Erin C.

      I am just reading this now...but I've been home sick all day so you can take my spot.

      September 13, 2012

  • Mary Ann P.

    I live in California and would not be able to attend this event but I sure wish it could shared here. Is there any possibility that could happen? It seems like most of the events are in New York.
    MaryAnn Kannely-Puente

    September 7, 2012

    • Bridget

      Hi Mary this is a NY based group and thus all activities are in the NY and/or NY based area. However the meetup.com organization provides the opportunity for anyone to form or join their own groups around the world. So perhaps a CA based one can be started by someone out your way?

      September 7, 2012

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