Institute for Irish-American Studies

Annual Reports

The Institute for Irish-American Studies

Annual Report

2011-2012

The Institute for Irish-American Studies is a research unit of the City University of New York located on the Bronx campus of Lehman College. It supports research carried out by professors and graduate students at many of the campuses of the university.

The research of the Institute is shared with the local community through regular public events and with a larger audience through a variety of distance education courses and publications.

The Institute also maintains four centers of academic inquiry: The Center for Irish Language Acquisition Research, The Center for the Preservation of Irish-American Publications, The Center for Great Irish Famine & Immigration Studies, and The Center for Traditional Irish-American Music. We are exploring options in the Arts and Humanities.

Contact Information

Institute for Irish-American Studies

188 Carman Hall

250 Bedford Park Boulevard West

Bronx, New York 10468

Phone: (718) 960-6722

Fax: (718) 960-5550

E-mail: deirdre.oboy@lehman.cuny.edu

Website is in transition to CUNY based platform

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Most of our energies at the Institute are devoted to developing research projects, coordinating distance education programs, and scheduling public events. We have four research foci that we call “centers.” As indicated above, they are the Center for Irish Language Acquisition Research, Center for the Preservation of Irish-American Publications, Center for Great Irish Famine & Immigration Studies, and Center for Traditional Irish-American Music. We are also involved in research addressing the following themes: ‘New Irish’ & Film, Return Emigration, Mapping Irish America, and the Irish in the Americas.

Center for Irish Language Acquisition Research

  • Hosted Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Madeleine Ni Ghallochobair (2011-2012).
  • Staff taught courses at five locations in 2011-2012: Lehman College, Queens College, College of Mount Saint Vincent, Manhattan College, and Aisling Irish Community Center.

Center for the Preservation of Irish-American Publications

  • Preserved and increased access to over 150 books published by Irish-American presses, some dating back over 200 years. Visit www.irishamericanbooks.com .
  • Finished cataloguing Institute’s in-print collection. See www.librarything.com/home/cunyiias .

Center for Great Famine & Immigration Studies

  • The Institute for Irish-American Studies Faculty Council began work in Fall 2009 to establish a Minor in Irish-American Studies. The program is expected to include history, literature, and other Irish-American Studies courses. The minor will be ready for curricular review in September, 2012.
  • Coordinated one history / music lecture in 2011-2012: David Kincaid, Irish Civil War Songs.

Center for Traditional Irish-American Music

  • Re-appointed John Redmond as Traditional Irish-American Musician in Residence at Lehman College.
  • Coordinated and/or publicized musical performances during the 2011-2012 academic year at Lehman College for both students and Friends of CUNY-IIAS, in collaboration with the City and Humanities Program: Niall Connolly; The FDNY Pipe and Drum Band.
  • Organized the music performance for the annual benefit dinner.

New areas of exploration for 2012-2013

  • Increased participation in literature with sponsorship of the Billy Collins and Friends poetry reading, April 2012 (began with Paul Muldoon in April 2011). This
  • Exploring ways to collaborate with theatre and dance; Irish Fulbright Scholar in music and theatre scheduled to join Lehman faculty for Spring 2013 .
  • Sponsored Irish Heritage Celebration with City Comptroller’s office.
  • Increased collaboration with other CUNY Colleges, across disciplines.
  • Investigating a student exchange / study abroad opportunity with Queens University, Belfast.
  • Providing work experience in a non-profit center (The CUNY IIAS) for interns in Lehman’s Humanities program.
  • Continuing our relationship with Lehman College’s Department of Languages and Literatures with 2012-2013 Irish language Fulbright.
  • Increased collaboration with the Women’s Studies Program at Lehman College which began with an Institute sponsored lecture for the Women’s Studies Program. We are investigating the possibility of a Women’s Studies / CUNY IIAS Symposium in March 2013.

Annual Report 2009-2010

April 30, 2010

Most of our energies at the Institute are devoted to developing research projects, coordinating distance education programs, and scheduling public events. We have four research foci that we call “centers.” They are the Center for Irish Language Acquisition Research, Center for the Preservation of Irish-American Publications, Center for Great Irish Famine & Immigration Studies, and Center for Traditional Irish-American Music. We are also involved in research addressing the following themes: ‘New Irish’ & Film, Return Emigration, Mapping Irish America, and the Irish in the Americas.

Center for Irish Language Acquisition Research/Lárionad Taighde ar Fhoghlaim na Gaeilge

  • Hosted Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Úna Faherty (2009-2010).
  • Was awarded another three year curriculum development grant by the Irish government (2009-2012).
  • Staff taught courses at five locations in 2009-2010: Lehman College, Queens College, College of Mount Saint Vincent, Manhattan College, and Aisling Irish Community Center.
  • Nearly 100 registrations in Irish language university courses and four students participated in the study abroad at National University of Ireland-Galway.
  • Hosted lectures by Irish language speakers (2009 & 2010).
  • Began work on a new textbook for CUNY students.

Center for the Preservation of Irish-American Publications

  • Preserved and increased access to over 150 books published by Irish-American presses, some dating back over 200 years. Visit http://www.irishamericanbooks.com .
  • Currently cataloguing Institute’s in-print collection. See www.librarything.com/home/cunyiias .
  • Researching possibilities for establishing a dedicated resource room for the archive collection.

Center for Great Famine & Immigration Studies

  • The Institute for Irish-American Studies Faculty Council began work in Fall 2009 to establish a Minor in Irish-American Studies. The program is expected to include history, literature, and other Irish-American Studies courses.
  • Coordinated three history lectures in 2009-2010.
  • Co-sponsored student trips to Ellis Island and the Tenement Museum.

Center for Traditional Irish-American Music

  • Re-appointed John Redmond as Traditional Irish-American Musician in Residence at Lehman College.
  • Coordinated and/or publicized musical performances during the 2009-2010 academic year at Lehman College for both students and Friends of CUNY-IIAS.
  • Organized the music and dance performance for the annual benefit dinner.

Annual Report 2008-2009

May 8, 2009

Most of our energies at the Institute are devoted to developing research projects, coordinating distance education programs, and scheduling public events. We have four research foci that we call “centers.” They are the Center for Irish Language Acquisition Research, Center for the Preservation of Irish-American Publications, Center for Great Irish Famine & Immigration Studies, and Center for Traditional Irish-American Music. We are also involved in research addressing the following themes: ‘New Irish’ & Film, Return Emigration, Mapping Irish America, and the Irish in the Americas.

Center for Irish Language Acquisition Research/Lárionad Taighde ar Fhoghlaim na Gaeilge

  • Hosted Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Eimear Ní Cheallaigh (2008-2009).
  • Launched textbook and CD for learning Irish as a foreign language in New York (2008) and Galway (2009).
  • Submitted proposal for Minor in Irish Language and Literature to CUNY Board of Trustees and the program was approved (2008).
  • Announced approval of CUNY Board of Trustees appointment of Thomas Ihde as Associate Professor of Languages and Literatures [Irish] (2008).
  • Organized a variety of distance education courses both on-line and as study abroad at National University of Ireland-Galway.
  • Hosted lectures by Irish languages speakers (2008 & 2009).

Center for the Preservation of Irish-American Publications

  • Preserved and increased access to over 150 books published by Irish-American presses, some dating back over 200 years.
  • Completed an $8,000 dollar grant from the New York Metropolitan Library Council to preserve an additional 40 books from the CUNY libraries (Fall 2008).
  • Donations also received from the W.B. Yeats Society of New York and the American Irish Teachers Association.

Center for Great Famine & Immigration Studies

  • Collaborated on documentary of Irish immigration in New York City that was commissioned by the Aisling Center, Memory Brings Us Back.
  • Organized conferences and courses that focus on Irish immigration and the Great Famine.

Center for Traditional Irish-American Music

  • Re-appointed John Redmond as Traditional Irish-American Musician in Residence at Lehman College (2008).
  • Organized concerts of a number of traditional Irish-American musicians in combination with lectures and benefits as well as large concert performances.
  • Presented a series of 6 public interview/performances as a pilot project to document the face of Irish-American traditional music in New York City (2008-2009). The recordings of these interviews will serve as the start of an oral history archive.

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