Fleeing Famine Lecture Series


Fleeing Famine Lecture Series

From Isle of Tears to the Isle of Hope: Emigration and Exile from Ireland in the 19th Century

Christine Kinealy, PhD
Quinnipiac University

Saturday, October 22 • 2 p.m.

Christine Kinealy, a world-renowned authority on Ireland’s Great Hunger, is a professor of history and Irish studies at Quinnipiac University, as well as director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac. The Great Hunger ranks among the worst tragedies in human history. Between 1845 and 1852, approximately 1.5 million Irish men, women and children died of starvation or related diseases and more than 2 million people emigrated from Ireland to nations around the world, predominantly the United States and Canada.

A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Dr. Kinealy has lectured extensively and authored seven books on the Great Hunger, including “This Great Calamity: The Irish Famine 1845-52, which was named the “Irish Post” Book of Year in 1995.

Lectures, intended for a general audience, are free and open to the public.