The Hibernian Lecture

Thanks to the generosity of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, since 1978 the Cushwa Center has administered a variety of programs supporting the study of the Irish experience in Ireland and America. Each year, the center invites a distinguished scholar to deliver the Hibernian Lecture at the University of Notre Dame on some aspect of the Irish experience.

Past Hibernian Lecturers include:

2017

Ian McBride, University of Oxford
"The Struggle for Ireland's Soul: Catholics under the Penal Laws"

2016

Thomas P. Lynch, author and poet
"Shoulder and Shovelwork: Dead Poets and Eschatologies"

2015

Gillian O'Brien, Liverpool John Moores University
"Blood Runs Green: The Murder that Transfixed Gilded Age Chicago"

2014

Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, University of Limerick
"Chief O'Neill's Music of Ireland"

2013

James R. Barrett, University of Illinois
"The Irish Way: Becoming American in the Multiethnic City"

2012

Kevin Whelan, University of Notre Dame
"Notre Dame: The Irish Connections"

2011

Robert Schmuhl, University of Notre Dame
“All Changed, Changed Utterly: Easter 1916 and America”

2009

Maurice Bric, University College, Dublin
“‘Squaring Circles’: Daniel O’Connell and Public Protest, 1823-1843”

2007

Edward T. O'Donnell, College of the Holy Cross
"'Irish Blood, Brain, and Brawn': The Campaign to Highlight the Irish Contribution to American History, 1880-1920"

2006

J.J. Lee, New York University
"Michael Davitt, the Catholic Church and Irish America"

2005

Ellen Skerrett, Historian
"Creating Sacred Space and Reclaiming Irish Music and Art in Chicago"

2004

Mick Moloney, New York University
“Irish Music on the Ameriacn Stage: From Daddy Rice to John McCormack”

2003

Patrick Griffin, Ohio University
“How the Scots Irish Became White: An Irish and American Tale”

2002

Kevin Kenny, Boston College
“New Perspectives on the American Irish”

2001

Gary Giddins, Author
“Bing Crosby’s Identities”

2000

William H.A. Williams, Union Institute
‘Twas Only an Irishman’s Dream: The Image of Ireland and the Irish in American Popular Song Lyrics, 1800-1920”

1999

Kerby Miller, University of Missouri, Columbia
“’Scotch-Irish’ Myths and ‘Irish’ Identities in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century America”

1998

Timothy Meagher, Catholic University of America
“Primitive Men, Tough Women and Defenders of the Old Order: Representations of Italian and Irish Americans in Twentieth Century American Popular Culture”

1997

James Connolly, Ball State University
“The Politics of Ethnic Conflict: James Michael Culley and the Boston Irish”

1996

Jim Smyth, University of Notre Dame
“1798-1998: Remembering and Commemorating The Great Irish Rebellion”

1995

Blanche Touhill, University of Missouri--St. Louis
“Famine, A Mark of the Past and a Change Agent for the Future”

1994

Seamus Deane, University of Notre Dame
“The Field Day Anthology”

1992-1993

David Emmons, University of Montana
“Faction Fights: Another Look At the Irish In the American West.”

James P. Walsh, San Jose State University
“Why the California Irish Seem So Different: History’s Perspective”

Margaret MacCurtain, Boston College
“The Waning of Patriarchy: Ireland in the 1990s”

1991

Randy Roberts, Purdue University
“On the Field of Struggle:The Irish-American Sporting Experience”

Gearoid O Tuathaigh, University College, Galway
“Anglo-Irish Relations: Models and Metaphors”

1990

Dennis Clark, Historian
“Paddy’s payback: The American Impact on Ireland”

1989

Patrick Duffy, Labour M.P. for Sheffield and President of the North Atlantic Assembly
“Is Peace Possible in Northern Ireland?”

James Donnelly, University of Wisconsin-Madison
“Traditional popular Religion and its Decline in Ireland, 1700-1850”

1988

Timothy Meagher, National Endowment for the Humanities
“Looking Through the Lace Curtain: The Irish-American Search for Identity and Role at the Turn of the Century”

1987

James Carroll, Author
“Through the Green Fog: What Irish-Americans See When the Look Back at Ireland”

Peter Gunning, Consul General of Ireland
“Ireland Since the 1960s”

1986

William V. Shannon, Boston University
“Ireland and the American Irish: Two Views of Irish Nationalism”

1985

Joel Mokyr, Northwestern University
“Poverty and the Irish Economy Before Famine”

Lawrence McCaffery, Loyola University of Chicago
“Fictional Images of Irish-America”

1984

Anthony Malcomson, Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
“Research Opportunities and Manuscript Collections in England and Ireland”

David Montgomery, Yale University
“The Irish Influence in the American Labor Movement”

1983

James P. Walsh, San Jose State University
“Moving Up: the Irish in American Political Life”

1982

Patrick Blessing, Tulsa University
“The Irish in the United States: A Culture within a Culture”