The Irish Influence, Boston College

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar


The links between Ireland and the United States have long been chronicled and celebrated, especially on the cultural side. From Eugene O’Neill to George M. Cohan to Maureen O’Hara, examples of the Irish imprint on American life abound throughout literature, music, theater, film, and other forms of artistic expression.

But for all its rich past, English Professor of the Practice Joseph Nugent, an Irish Studies Program faculty member, feels the focus on this Irish-American connection should also include the bright present and future. This fall, in collaboration with Boston College Ireland Academic Director Michael Cronin, Nugent launched “The Irish Influence,” a weekly webinar series featuring major and rising figures in Irish cultural life.

Guests on “The Irish Influence” have included Fearghal McGarry, who has written on such topics as inter-war Irish radicalism and the Easter Rising, and is interested in the representation of Ireland’s past through commemoration, historical films, and museums; Mark O’Connell, a contributor to the New Yorker and Slate and author of the award-winning book To Be a Machine, which deals with transhumanism; and Paul Murray, a novelist who also has written a comedy feature film (“Metal Heart,” 2018) and is now developing projects with BBC Comedy.
Period11 Dec 2020
Held atBoston College, United States, Massachusetts