Lecture: “20th-Century Ireland: A Family Odyssey”, March 2016

University of Delaware Library Associates 2016 Faculty Lecture

Lecture Title: “20th-Century Ireland: A Family Odyssey”

Speaker: Anne M. Boylan, Professor of History

When: March 15, 2016, 4:40PM

Where: University of Delaware Library Reading Room, 181 S. College Avenue, Newark, DE

This event is free and open to the public, but a reservation is required: Please RSVP to UDLA@udel.edu or call library administration at 302-831-2231.

About: This lecture is sponsored by the University of Delaware Library Associates in conjunction with the Special Collections Gallery exhibition, “‘A terrible beauty is born’: The Easter Rising at 100.”

“‘A terrible beauty is born’: The Easter Rising at 100,” on view through June 12, 2016, commemorates the anniversary of a brief insurrection mounted by a small band of republicans over Easter Week 1916 that was quickly and violently quashed by the British.  The uprising became a defining moment for the complex landscape of Irish culture, politics, and history in the twentieth century. The exhibition examines events and attitudes before and after the events of Easter Week 1916, including the Celtic Gaelic Revival period, the rise of Irish Nationalism, the War of Independence and the Civil War, as well as Irish literature produced in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland during The Troubles in the latter half of the twentieth century. Literary texts—with the rare first edition of Yeats’s Easter, 1916 as the iconic centerpiece—are shown alongside political broadsides, manuscripts, letters, periodicals, and graphics, indicating the rich history of Irish print culture and the deep resources of the University of Delaware Library. The exhibition is curated by Maureen Cech, senior assistant librarian in the Manuscripts and Archives Department of the University of Delaware Library.

An online version of the exhibition will soon be available at http://exhibits.lib.udel.edu/exhibits/show/easter1916.

Speaker Bio: A native of Thurles, County Tipperary, Ireland, Anne M. Boylan is a historian of the nineteenth-century United States and of women and gender, and holds a joint appointment in the Departments of History and Women and Gender Studies. A graduate of Mundelein College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (PhD), she has published articles in The Journal of American HistoryAmerican QuarterlyThe Journal of the Early Republic, and other scholarly journals. Her books are Sunday School: The Formation of an American Institution, 1790-1880 (1988); The Origins of Women’s Activism: New York and Boston, 1797-1840 (2002); and Women’s Rights in the United States: A History in Documents (2014). She is currently researching the production of popular versions of women’s history in the 19th and 20th-century United States.

Copies of Women’s Rights in the United States: A History in Documents will be available for purchase before and after the lecture.