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Shamrock Series Academic Events to Tackle Irish History, Research on Poverty

Author: Josh Weinhold

Shamrock Series 2015

A football game isn’t the only thing Notre Dame is bringing to Boston in late November.

As part of a weekend of events surrounding the Shamrock Series, Notre Dame’s annual home-away-from-home football game, the College of Arts and Letters will host a pair of academic conversations Nov. 20, the day before the Fighting Irish face Boston College at Fenway Park.


“Irish in America: Immigration, Religion, and Politics” will offer an interdisciplinary look at the impact of Irish immigration on American religious and political structures, as well as the role of the U.S. in the 1916 Easter Rising.

The event will also include a preview of the Notre Dame-produced television documentary 1916: The Irish Rebellion, narrated by Liam Neeson, set to premiere next year.

The conversation will feature renowned experts on American and Irish history, including John T. McGreevy, I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters and a professor of history; Patrick Griffin, chair of the Department of History and the Madden-Hennebry Professor of History; and Bríona Nic Dhiarmada, the Thomas J. and Kathleen M. O’Donnell Professor of Irish Studies and a concurrent professor of film, television, and theatre.

The co-moderators will be Christopher Fox, professor of English and director of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, and Michael Cronin, academic director of Boston College–Ireland.

The discussion runs from 9 to 10:15 a.m. at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, Salon C-D.

Combining Research and Practice to Serve the Poor

Later, Notre Dame economists will discuss research initiatives that aim to change the way humanitarian services help the poor both domestically and abroad.

“Combining Research and Practice to Serve the Poor” will provide an overview of the work Notre Dame faculty are doing with Catholic Charities and Catholic Relief Services to study how to best help those in need.

The conversation will be moderated by Mary Ann Bates, deputy director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Panelists focusing on domestic poverty initiatives include James Sullivan, the Rev. Thomas J. McDonagh, C.S.C., Associate Professor of Economics and co-founder of the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) at Notre Dame and Heather Reynolds, president and CEO of Catholic Charities Fort Worth.

Discussing their international work will be Joseph Kaboski, the David F. and Erin M. Seng Foundation Professor of Economics and a faculty fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies; David Leege, director of university engagement and research for Catholic Relief Services; Kevin Donovan, an assistant professor of economics and faculty fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies; and the Rev. Robert Dowd, C.S.C, an assistant professor of political science and director of the Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity.

Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Economics Bill Evans, the chair of the economics department and a co-founder of the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities, will also speak at the event, which runs from 3 to 4:15 p.m. at the Boston Marriott Copley Place Wellesley Meeting Room.

Shamrock Series academic events are free and open to the public.