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The ICC presents a 3 part online lecture series to commemorate Black History Month. Moderated by Dr. Gerard Moran and presented by Dr. Christine Kinealy.

A zoom link will be sent out 3 days before the event. The link will be good for all three lectures. This is a free event. Donation welcome.

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LECTURE 2 on March 2 at 6pm: SARAH REMOND, A BLACK ABOLITIONIST IN IRELAND . Presentation by Maureen D Brady, Independent Scholar & Dr. Christine Kinealy

"Remond debuted on a four-city lecture tour in Ireland in March 1859, becoming the first African-American woman to speak publicly in the country. "

Sarah Parker Remond (1824-1894), an African-American abolitionist, was a free-born daughter of an established, prosperous black family in Salem, Massachusetts, and a lecturer for the American Anti-Slavery Society. Finding that the safeguards of freedom and affluence were deficient defenses against political and social systems rooted in white supremacy in antebellum America, she undertook a transatlantic journey to Great Britain in 1858 to serve the cause of abolition, hoping she might “for a time enjoy freedom.” Remond debuted on a four-city lecture tour in Ireland in March 1859, becoming the first African-American woman to speak publicly in the country. Like her friend Frederick Douglass, she found her time in Ireland to be transformative, changing the trajectory of her life’s work. Remond never returned to America, choosing self-imposed exile over socially-imposed inequality, achieving successes that were impossible in the land of her birth. This accomplished daughter of Massachusetts dedicated her life to civil rights activism, becoming an international champion of justice.

Maureen Dunphy Brady is a historian who holds an M.A. in Irish and Irish-American Studies from NYU Glucksman Ireland House, inclusive of coursework and research at Trinity College Dublin. She teaches Irish Studies at Rutgers University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Brookdale Community College’s Irish Heritage program.

 LECTURE 3 on March 9 at 6pm: HOME RULE AND AFRICAN AMERICAN SUPPORT . Round table with Dr. Catherine Shannon, Dr. Gerard Moran & Dr. Christine Kinealy

Dr. Christine Kinealy is a historian and author, and founding director of Ireland's Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University. She is an authority on Irish history. Kinealy has lived in the United States since 2007. She was named "one of the most influential Irish Americans" in 2011 by Irish America magazine.

Dr. Gerard Moran is a senior researcher at the Social Science Research Centreat NUI Galway and has lectured in the History Department at NUI Galway and Maynooth University. He has published extensively on 19th-century Ireland,, including Sending Out Ireland’s Poor: Assisted Emigration to North America in the Nineteenth Century

Dr. Catherine B. Shannon is a Professor Emerita of History at Westfield State University. Dr. Shannon was the first woman president of the 278 year old Charitable Irish Society of Boston and in 1999 she was among 15 Irish-Americans from Massachusetts to receive a “Dreamer of Dreams” award from the Irish Voice newspaper.

Maureen Dunphy Brady is a historian who holds an M.A. in Irish and Irish-American Studies from NYU Glucksman Ireland House, inclusive of coursework and research at Trinity College Dublin. She teaches Irish Studies at Rutgers University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Brookdale Community College’s Irish Heritage program.

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