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NYU Lecture Series

Funding to endow these lecture series has been granted by the Irish Institute of New York, which has been dedicated to the support and promotion of the finest in Irish culture since 1950 and has been a supporter of Glucksman Ireland House NYU since its opening in 1993. 

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December 3, 2021 - President Mary McAleese


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November 11, 2020 - Prof. Louise Richardson

Prof. Richardson worked alongside Seamus Heaney while both were at Harvard University, a period during which he served as Oxford Professor of Poetry. She was Seamus Heaney’s personal contact when he was conferred with an Honorary Degree by the University of St Andrews during her tenure as St Andrew’s Vice-Chancellor.

April 1, 2019 - Louise Kennedy

Over 35 years in business, Irish designer Louise Kennedy has earned an international reputation for creating clothes appreciated for their luxury and sophistication. Kennedy designs for Irish presidents, members of the British, European and Middle Eastern royal families, high-profile businesswomen and award-winning actresses as well as a loyal and growing clientele for her exquisite ready-to-wear collections. ​

April 17, 2018 - Senator George Mitchell - ​"The Good Friday Agreement: Looking Back, Looking Ahead"

April 2018 marks the twentieth anniversary of Belfast's Good Friday Agreement. Senator George Mitchell, who played a pivotal role in this peace settlement, reflected on how this historic milestone came to pass.  ​

April 20, 2017 - Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy, "The Immigrations Council of Ireland"

Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy is a visionary and social innovator who delivered the 10th annual Irish Institute Lecture. Raised in County Kerry, Sr. Stan has been a member of the congregation of Religious Sisters of Charity since she was 18 years old. She has devoted herself to helping the poor and homeless and in 2001 she established the Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI), an independent national organisation working to promote the rights of immigrants through information, advocacy and legal aid.  

April 14, 2016 - Stephen Ferguson - "The GPO Staff in 1916"

Famous as the headquarters for the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising, the General Post Office in Dublin was also the nerve center for communications throughout Ireland. Stephen Ferguson, Author & Assistant Secretary of An Post, discussed the role of GPO staff, revealing their involvement in and response to the events of Easter week.

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April 30, 2015 - Darina Allen - "The Role of Ballymaloe in the Irish Food Renaissance"

Darina Allen is the owner of Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Cork, as well as teacher, newspaper columnist, cookbook author, and television presenter. She talked about the role of Ballymaloe in the Irish food renaissance for the 8th annual Irish Institute of NY Lecture. ​


October 31, 2013 - Cathal Mac Collie - "Good morning! First, the Bad News..."

Irish broadcaster and journalist Cathal Mac Coille of “Morning Ireland,” Ireland’s most popular radio news program on RTÉ Radio 1, delivered the seventh annual Irish Institute of New York Lecture that examined the duties, challenges, and opportunities inherent in broadcasting during troubled times.

April 25, 2013 - Margaret MacCurtain - "Diversity & Stability in Post-Vatican Irish Catholic Ireland"

Social activist, feminist historian, and nun Dr. Margaret MacCurtain, O.P., delivered "Diversity and Stability in Post-Vatican Irish Catholic Ireland" at the sixth annual Irish Institute of New York Lecture.

November 17, 2011 - Frank McDonald - "After the Celtic Tiger: Picking Up the Pieces"

Irish Times Environment Editor and author Frank McDonald delivered the fifth annual Irish Institute of New York Lecture, “After the Celtic Tiger: Picking up the Pieces" 

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September 23, 2010 - Garry Hynes - "From Galway to Broadway and Back Again"

Co-founder of the Druid Theatre Company, acclaimed director and Tony-award winner, Garry Hynes delivered the fourth annual Irish Institute of New York Lecture: “From Galway to Broadway and Back Again"

October 15, 2009 - Bill Whelan - "Irish Music and Identity: A Window and a Mirror"

Bill Whelan, famous as the composer of Riverdance, for which he received a Grammy Award, spoke on how the Irish see themselves, how others view the Irish, and the role that music plays in those perceptions. Whelan has worked as a composer, arranger and producer for orchestra and in theatre, traditional music, and film.

October 22, 2008 - John Dunlop - "The Northern Ireland Peace Process: A Tricky Business with Awkward Moral Judgments"

The Very Reverend Dr. John Dunlop CBE, a former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, spoke on The Northern Ireland Peace Process. Dr. Dunlop was the Minister of Rosemary Presbyterian Church in Belfast from 1978-2004. Honored by several institutions for his work to foster understanding between the communities in Northern Ireland, Dr. Dunlop was awarded an Eisenhower Fellowship in 1989 and was created a CBE by Queen Elizabeth II in 2004.

October 18, 2007 - Archbishop Diarmuid Martin - "New Ireland, New Church" 

The inaugural lecture was delivered by the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr. Diarmuid Martin, who will speak on "New Ireland, New Church", a consideration of the rapid changes in Ireland’s economy and society over the past decade and the challenges and opportunities for the clergy and laity of the Catholic Church in fostering a just and civil society with respect for tradition, faith and values.

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