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
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.
Crèches of Germany: Tradition and Faith
Nov. 19, 2016 – Jan. 29, 2017
Germany is a country of picturesque landscapes and charming villages, but also of deeply-rooted ancestral culture. Christmas is a significant holiday in Christianity, and it is lived and celebrated in Germany with a solemnity that finds few parallels. Germans cherish customs, rituals and beliefs and faithfully pass them from generation to generation. Christmas folklore is a part of the country’s popular heritage.
The Knights of Columbus Museum’s 12th annual Christmas exhibition, Crèches of Germany: Tradition & Faith, opens Nov. 19 to showcase the German celebration of Christmas in New Haven!