The Irish Studies Program, the Black Studies Program, and the Department of History are pleased to announce the lecture of Dr. Christine Kinealy, Professor of History at Quinnipiac University, and Founding Director of Ireland's Great Hunger Institute. Her lecture, "'Welcome to the Stranger': Black Abolitionists in Ireland, 1790 to 1860," will take place on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at 5:00 pm,
in the Kelley Center's Presentation Room. Refreshments will be provided, and the lecture is free and open to the public.
A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, Dr.Kinealy has published extensively on Ireland's Great Hunger and, more recently on the Irish Abolition movement. This includes the award-winning This Great Calamity: The Great Hunger in Ireland, and a graphic novel entitled The Bad Times or An Drochshaol.
In 1997 she addressed the British Houses of Parliament and the American Congress on the Great Hunger.
Dr. Kinealy is a Director of the African American Diaspora Network. In 2018 she published Frederick Douglass and Ireland: In His Own Words. She published Black Abolitionists in Ireland in 2020, and a second volume is planned. This research led to the creation of Frederick Douglass Walking Trails in Belfast, Cork, and Dublin.
In 2014 Dr. Kinealy was inducted into the Irish American Hall of Fame, and in 2017 she received an Emmy for The Great Hunger and the Irish Diaspora documentary. In 2019 she was one of five historians who walked 100 miles from Roscommon to Dublin, following the footsteps of tenants sent to Canada in 1847. This route now forms the National Famine Way.