Larry Kirwin, a founding member of the Irish Musical group Black 47, performs his music and reads from his book at Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum during the Rock and Read, a program that combines both music and literature, September 12, 2015 at the museum in Hamden, Conn. (For Quinnipiac University/ Michelle McLoughlin)


Featured Program

Featured Program

Thursday, January 25 at 5 p.m.

Staked Plains, Shattered Hearths: Dispossession as Global Pastime

A visual tour-de-force, Dr. Robert Spiegelman's lecture-presentation explores the wounded psyche and grandest calculations of an early Irish globalizer — John George Adair. It covers the life and times of this ambushed man-child who loses his mother at childbirth,  evicts tenant mothers and children by the shipload to wrest his post-Famine Shangri-La, and would become the largest Irish-born landowner of the 19th century. Adair was an infamous prime-mover of Donegal's infernal Derryveagh Evictions; and eagle-eyed founder of the true Bonanza — the first Texas Cattle Empire — where native people last breathed free. His private derrings-do and serial dispossessions have yielded us two unique tourist treasures: Ireland's stellar Glenveagh National Park and Texas' massive Palo Duro Canyon. 

Dr. Spiegelman is a historical sociologist at Fordham University.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

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