“Where Do We Go from Here? Revisiting Black Irish Relations and Responding to a Transnational Moment’”

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November 5, 2021 to November 19, 2021
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Black History / Studies, European History / Studies, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Race / Ethnic Studies



            Presented by New York University 

     Glucksman Ireland House and the Gallatin School of Individualized Study

 Conference Schedule*

People of Irish and African descent have lived in the United States for more than four centuries. Their respective trajectories -- marked by complexity, conflict, and collaboration -- have been shaped by American conceptions of identity, hierarchies of belonging, and access to pathways of upward mobility. The aim of this conference and programing is to examine the constellations of Blackness and Irishness in the history of the United States and beyond and use their example to ponder present conundrums around race, ethnicity, inequality and identity politics. 

Friday, 5 November 2021 (** please note that Ireland is only 4 hours ahead of New York on Nov 5)

10--10.15am ET  Opening remarks, Taoiseach of Ireland (head of Irish government) Micheál Martin T.D. followed by conference organizers Kim DaCosta (Gallatin) and Miriam Nyhan Grey (Glucksman). Welcome from NYU by Provost of NYU Katherine E. Fleming.

10.15--11.30am ET  Jane Ohlmeyer, Trinity College Dublin, “Irishness, Blackness and the Early Modern World”. Introduced by Provost Fleming.


11.45am--1pm ET Kevin Kenny, New York University, ​​“The American Irish and Race in the Nineteenth Century”. Millery Polyné, New York University. 




2--3.15pm ET  Christine Kinealy, Quinnipiac University, “'Be strikingly genteel': Two Black Women Abolitionists in Ireland, Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield and Sarah Parker Remond”. Moderated by Stephen Small, UC Berkeley.


3.30--4.45pm ET Kim DaCosta, New York University, "How the Irish Became Black: Origin Stories, Genealogies and a Usable Past". Moderated by Liam Kennedy, University College Dublin Clinton Institute. 


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(** please note that Ireland is only 4 hours ahead of New York on Nov 5)


Friday, 12 November 2021 


9-10.15am ET Nikhil Singh, New York University, “Ireland in the Crucible of Race”. Moderated by Kathleen Coll, University of San Francisco/New York University.


10.30 -11.45am ET Elisa Joy White, UC Davis, “Céad Míle Fáilte: When Blackness in Ireland Seemed New Again”. Bryan Fanning, University College Dublin.


12-1.15pm ET Chanté Mouton Kinyon, Notre Dame University, “The Ties that Bind: Resistance, Rebellion, and Redemption in UpTight (1968)”. Moderated by Anna McCarthy, New York University. 




2--3.30pm ET/ Tenement Museum New York: African American and Irish American New York Revisited: Annie Polland (Director, Tenement Museum); Leslie Harris (Northwestern University) and David Favaloro (Tenement Museum). Introduced by Joy Bivins, NYPL Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. 


3.45pm--5.15pm ET Black Irish Cultural Renderings and Responses: Lauren Onkey (George Washington University), Mick Moloney (New York University), Lenwood Sloan (African American Irish Diaspora Network). Moderated by Bill Ferris, Emeritus, University of North Carolina. Introduced by John Waters, New York University. 


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Friday, 19 November 2021


9--9.15am ET Welcome and opening remarks, Lisa Coleman, NYU’s Senior Vice President for Global Inclusion and Strategic Innovation.


9.15--10.15am ET Emma Dabiri (author of Twisted/Don't Touch My Hair and What White People Can Do Next) in conversation with Kim DaCosta and Miriam Nyhan Grey.


10.30am--11.45am ET Rachel Swarns, New York Times/New York University, “The Irish-American Priests who Sold Human Beings: Georgetown University, the Catholic Church and the American Slave Trade”. Moderated by Stephanie McCurry, Columbia University. 


12--1.15pm ET  Miriam Nyhan Grey, New York University




2--3.15pm ET Touré Reed, Illinois State University. Introduced by James R. Barrett, Emeritus, University of Illinois). 


3.30--4.45pm ET James Carroll (National Book awardee) “The Politics of White Supremacy: A View from Irish Boston”. 


5--6pm ET  Ruth Negga (leading actor in Loving (2016) and Passing (2021) in conversation with Kim DaCosta and Miriam Nyhan Grey.

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This conference is presented in partnership with Brademas Center (NYU), Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation (NYU), Department of History (NYU), Center for the Study of Africa and the African Diaspora (NYU), Institute for Public Knowledge (NYU), Deans for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NYU), UCD Clinton Institute, African American Irish Diaspora Network (AAIDN), Consulate of Ireland (NY), Embassy of Ireland (Washington DC), NYPL Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Tenement Museum New York, the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University, Irish Network Against Racism (INAR) and Black and Irish. 

We encourage you to continue these conversations and actions by engaging with our partner organizations and we especially draw your attention to the work of the African American Irish Diaspora Network (see www.aaidnet.org) and the Black, Brown and Green Voices report.

Zoom Link: https://nyu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUlcuyprjgiE935msXs29rgO0KDJvNW8w8S

Contact Info: 

Amber Celedonio 

Glucksman Ireland House NYU 

One Washington Mews 

New York, NY 10003


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