Sunday, February 21, 2016

Conversation with Mary C. Kelly, Ph.D. at the Holyoke Public Library

Don't miss
Holyoke's 2016 Ambassador Award Winner,
Dr. Mary C. Kelly
visit to the Holyoke Public Library
Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 10:00am


The public is invited to a community conversation with author and Holyoke's 2016 Ambassador Award Winner Dr. Mary C. Kelly on Saturday, March 19 at 10 a.m. at the Holyoke Public Library.

Dr. Mary C. Kelly is a historian of the Irish-American immigrant experience and its transatlantic foundations. She graduated from National University of Ireland, Galway, with a Modern Irish History M.A., and from Syracuse University with a Ph.D. in Modern American History. She is now Professor of History at Franklin Pierce University, New Hampshire, where she has taught for almost two decades. Her courses in immigrant, gender, cultural and intellectual history also include select European offerings and a class on Modern Ireland.

Since publishing The Shamrock and the Lily: The New York Irish and the Creation of a Transatlantic Identity, 1845-1921 (2005), she has pursued themes of identity, remembrance and intellectual culture in Irish-American history. Her latest book on Famine remembrance and commemoration within the ethnic culture is Ireland’s Great Famine in Irish American History: Enshrining a Fateful Memory (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014). Much of Dr. Kelly’s research and writing explores the nexus of faith and politics in the transatlantic narrative, and she is currently researching connections between Irish-American intellectual culture and 1916.

Professor Kelly is a regular presenter at American Conference for Irish Studies and New England Historical Association meetings. She served on the ACIS Donnelly History Book Prize Committee for the past two terms, and co-hosted the 2014 New England Historical Association conference at Franklin Pierce University. She was recently honored with a Keene State College President’s Outstanding Women in New Hampshire award for scholarly contribution, and a Faculty Appreciation Award from the FPU Class of 2017. Mary Kelly lives in Keene, NH, with her husband and daughter, and visits her native Westport, County Mayo, frequently.

The Library event is relaxed conversations between our attendees and our guest speaker.

Parking available along the street in front of the new entrance to the library and in generous lots adjacent to and immediately across the street from the library.

For more information and registration, call 413-420-8101.

For more information about the St. Patrick's Day Celebrations, please visit them online at http://www.holyokestpatricksparade.com/

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