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Screening Irish America

Click here to see the 2006 Irish Film Series schedule.

Thursday, March 16
McGuinn 121, 3:00 pm

Opening remarks: Richard Kearney, Department of Philosophy, Boston College
Launch: The AHRC Early Cinema and Diasporic Cinema Network
Introduction: Desmond Bell, Queen’s University Belfast
Keynote: Tom Gunning, University of Chicago
Responses: Desmond O'Rawe, Queen’s University Belfast, Martin McLoone, University of Ulster, Gary D. Rhodes, Queen’s University Belfast

5:00 Screening: Rebel Frontier, introduced by Desmond Bell
Reception to follow

Friday, March 17
Connolly House

Session 1
9:00 to 10:30
Chair: Joseph Nugent, Boston College Irish Studies

Nicole McClure, University of Connecticut
-- How Dracula Got His 'Irish' Back: Angel and the re-emergence of the Irish vampire in American television
Jenny Murphy, University College Dublin
-- Re-positioning Irish America: Neil Jordan’s American Irish
Mary Burke, University of Connecticut
-- “Swindlers. Scammers. Con-men. As American as apple-pie”: How the Irish-American Traveler Became White

Session 2
11:00 to 12:30
Chair, Marjorie Howes, Codirector Boston College Irish Studies

Harvey O’Brien, University College Dublin
-- Filming Kennedy in Ireland
Jim Byrne, Trinity College Dublin
-- Regeneration and the Irish-American Experience of Ethnic Identity
Seán Crosson, National University of Ireland, Galway
-- ‘”They can’t wipe us out, they can’t lick us. We’ll go on forever, pa, ‘cause we’re the people” – Coping with Death in In America

Lunch 12:30 to 1:30

Session 3
1:30-3:00 pm
Chair: Robert Savage, Codirector, Boston College Irish Studies

Tony Tracy, National University of Ireland, Galway
-- Of Schlemiehls and Shillelaghs: The Irisher-Jew Relationship in Silent American Film
Timothy J. Meagher, Catholic University
-- Abie’s Irish Enemy: Irish and Jews, Social and Political Realities and Media Representations
Christopher Shannon, Christendom College
-- The Bowery Cinderella: Gender, Class and Community in Irish-American Film Narrative

Session 4
3:15 to 4:45 pm
Chair: Ruth Barton, University College Dublin

Conor Groome, National University of Ireland, Galway
-- Scrub a Dub! Ethnicity and Irish-American Masculinity in NBC’s Scrubs
Jonathan Mulrooney, College of the Holy Cross
-- ET and the Irish
Diane Negra, University of East Anglia
-- Urban Space, Luxury Retailing and the New Irishness

Reception to follow hosted by the Consul General of Ireland


Screening Irish America is free and open to the public.