The museum regularly hosts special programs and events througout the year. Check out our calendar below and join our mailing list to learn more about upcoming museum events.
Thursday, October 18, 5:30 p.m.
Contemporary War Journalism: A Presentation by Tim Malloy
Tim Malloy, an analyst for the Quinnipiac Poll, is also a documentary filmmaker. He is a 32-year veteran of local and network television news. He has worked in New York City, Los Angeles, and South Florida as a news anchor, investigative reporter, and war correspondent.
Malloy just returned from an embed with the American military in Afghanistan, accompanied by Matt Eversmann, one of the Army Rangers who led the rescue mission of downed airmen in Mogadishu, Somalia. Eighteen American service members died in the firefight that led to the movie ‘Black Hawk Down’. In the film, actor Josh Hartnett portrayed Matt Eversmann, who received a bronze star with Valor for his actions on the battlefield. Malloy will describe his 14 embeds in Iraq and Afghanistan as a journalist and show the film during his talk. The film, ‘Send Me’ is playing on PBS TV stations.
This event is $5 for the general public and tickets should be purchased online in advance. Free to Quinnipiac students, however, registration is required.
This event is sponsored by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.
November 1 - 30
Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum is holding a food drive to benefit the Connecticut Food Bank. The Connecticut Food Bank is the largest centralized source of emergency food in Connecticut and last year distributed enough food to provide more than 21 million meals.
Please drop off non-perishable food at Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum to support this cause.
High-needs foods include: canned fruit, 100% fruit juice, canned vegetables, canned tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, whole grains, soy milk, soups and stews, broth or stock, peanut butter, dried or canned beans, canned meat or fish, lite salad dressings, vinegar, oils, tea bags, coffee, water.
Thursday, November 1, 7 p.m.
Black '47 Film Screening
Join Ireland's Great Hunger Museum for a screening of the feature film Black '47. The critically acclaimed film has achieved the highest opening for an Irish film in Ireland since John Crowley’s Oscar-nominated Brooklyn in 2015.
It’s 1847 and Ireland is in the grip of the Great Famine that has ravaged the country for two long years. Feeney, a hardened Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, abandons his post to return home and re-unite with his estranged family. He’s seen more than his share of horrors but nothing prepares him for the famine’s hopeless destruction of his homeland. He discovers his mother starved to death and his brother hanged by the brutal hand of the English. With little else to live for, he sets on a destructive path to avenge his family, systematically working his way up the political and social hierarchy of 19th Century Ireland. Hannah, an ageing British soldier and famed tracker of deserters, is sent to stop Feeney before he can further stoke the fires of revolution. But Hannah and Feeney are old army comrades with a mutual respect forged by their times fighting together. Personal bonds and shifting allegiances cause both men to question their motives, as they are tested to the limit by the hellish landscape of “the Great Hunger”.
Tickets are $10 each, free for Quinnipiac University Students and museum members. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Please note: This event will be held at Quinnipiac University, Center for Communications and Engineering Room 101 (Mount Carmel Auditoirum), 275 Mount Carmel Avenue, Hamden
Saturday, November 3, 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Family Craft Day
Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum invites families with children ages 5-13 to participate in a special in-gallery art activity on Saturday, November 3. Children, with guidance from parents or guardians, will create their very own Civil War forage hat, or “Kepi”, with felt. Both Union and Confederate soldiers wore Kepis during the Civil War. This activity is great for including children in the experience presented in the gallery for the museum’s exhibition “Making America: The Irish in the Civil War Era.”
This activity is free with museum admission ($5 adults, free for children) and does not require registration.
Thursday, November 15, 5 p.m.
What’s food got to do with it? The role of grassroots organising in promoting urban sustainability and social justice in the contemporary city
Lecture by Mary Corcoran, professor of sociology, Maynooth University, Ireland and Fulbright-Environmental Protection Agency Scholar
In the 19th century, the Irish Famine resulted from over-reliance on a single crop, an outcome of the political economy of colonial rule that prevailed at that time. The British state refused to provide a program of aid to the Irish peasantry (with some notable local exceptions) opting instead to let market forces prevail. Today, we live in a world where market forces play a dominant role particularly in the agri-business sector, and where almost all countries are connected through the global food industry. Many of us know little about the processes whereby food is mass produced and distributed, and the impact of an industrial model of production on our health and well-being. The modern state has had to assume a more proactive role in monitoring and policing food provenance, food safety and food standards. Moreover, the state is increasingly required to develop policies and technologies that can address environmental concerns that are becoming ever more pressing, as well as the challenge of food insecurity.
In recent years, civil society organizations (not-for-profit, advocacy groups) have emerged as a significant player in terms of pushing issues of sustainability, food provenance and food justice up the policy agenda. Such work can play an important role in changing individual and collective behavior at local level, leading to a range of civic, social and health benefits. In this presentation, Corcoran will critically examine the role of civil society initiatives as “change agents” drawing on examples from Dublin, Ireland; Belfast, Northern Ireland; and New Haven, Connecticut.
This event is co-sponsored by Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute, and Quinnipiac University’s Center for Religion.
Admission is free, but registration is required.
Please note: This event will be held at Quinnipiac University, Center for Religion, 275 Mount Carmel Avenue, Hamden