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  • January 1518, 2014Bundoran, Donegal, Ireland

    TRANSATLANTICCONNECTIONSA Drew University Conference in Ireland

  • Drew University, located in Madison, N.J., in association with the Institute of Study Abroad Ireland, welcomes you to the

    Transatlantic Connections Conference. We are delighted to gather together scholars, students, friends and neighbors to explore, investigate and

    celebrate the ways in which Ireland and the United States are connectedin history, literature and all aspects of contemporary culture.

    We are especially pleased that we will have an opportunity for dialogue between American,Irish-American and Irish enthusiasts of the ties that bind us together and, more importantly,perhaps, to address the ways in which we can enhance our relationships to the bettermentof both communities.

    It is of great significance that this conference is to be held in Donegal. Over the years, DrewUniversity has established firm and fond connections with the northwest of Ireland, and werecognize it as an area of immensely significant cultural heritage. From Yeats Country to Derry, and from the Glens of Leitrim to the Hills of Donegal, we know there are thousandsupon thousands of stories connecting us to the suburbs of New York and New Jersey, Appalachia, Chicago, California and all around the United States of America. Sharing our experiences allows all of us to respect and appreciate where we came from, where we went to and where we are today.

    We thank those that have made the journey from the United States, and those who have come from all around Ireland, to share in this conclave of culture. We are eager to share ourstories, our shared histories and, of course, the craic.

    Cad Mle Filte go leir,William B. RogersAssociate Dean, Caspersen School of Graduate StudiesDrew University

    The Institute of Study Abroad Ireland is based in Bundoran, County Donegal, and itsfunction is to facilitate study abroad programs to Ireland from the United States, Europe and elsewhere. We work with study abroad advisers, faculty, teachers, leaders, parents, counselors, groups and agencies and deliver authentic educationaland cultural travel to Ireland. Contact us at the website or email

    Drew University is a premiere liberal arts institution with three schoolsone ofwhich is the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. The CSGS offers five programs in the humanities, including an Irish studies concentration in both our history andculture PhD program and our Doctor and Master of Letters programs. For over 15 years, Drew has been a center of the study of Irish and Irish American history, literature and culture, and is excited to be expanding its relationships with Irelandthrough partnerships such as this one with the Institute of Study Abroad Ireland.


    CHRISTINE KINEALY The Kindness of Strangers: Charity and the Great Hunger in IrelandWednesday, 15 January 8 p.m. Atlantic Apartotel

    Christine Kinealy, a world-renowned authority on Irelands GreatHunger is professor of Irish history at Drew University. Since complet-ing her PhD at Trinity College in Dublin, she has worked in educationaland research institutes in Dublin, Belfast and Liverpool and, since 2007, New Jersey. Christine has written and lectured extensively on the Irish famine. Her most recent book, Charity and The Great Hunger:The Kindness of Strangers, has just been published. Christine was alsoinstrumental in the restoration of Dunfanaghy Workhouse. She is thenewly appointed director of the Great Hunger Institute at QuinnipiacUniversity.

    EASKEY BRITTONJust Add Surf: The Power of Sharing Your PassionThursday, 16 January 6:30 p.m. Bundoran Cineplex

    Easkey Britton, an inspirational speaker from Rossnowlagh, CountyDonegal is a doctoral fellow at Memorial University, Newfoundland.Easkey has a PhD in marine science and is a writer, artist and a lecturerin marine conservation, gender studies, and surfing and surf culture.She is a five-time Irish surf champion, tow-in surfer and the firstwoman to pioneer surfing in Iran.

    DIANE NEGRAGendering the RecessionFriday, 17 January 6:30 p.m. Bundoran Cineplex

    Diane Negra is professor of film studies and screen culture at Univer-sity College Dublin, and also lectures with the Clinton Institute ofAmerican Studies. Her work covers critical and cultural studies ofmedia, including studies of feminism and post feminism, critical ethnicstudies, stardom and celebrity studies. She is the editor of The Irish in Us: Irishness, Performativity and Popular Culture (2006), and is currently working on a new book titled Gendering the Recession: Media and Culture in an Age of Austerity.


    THE HENRY GIRLS | Wednesday, 15 January 9:30 p.m. Atlantic ApartotelThe Henry Girls are three sisters from County Donegal, Ireland. They have a unique rootsy soundthat blends their native traditional Irish folk music with hints of Americana, bluegrass and blues.They went professional in 2010 and have become one of the most talked about folk/roots acts tocome out of Ireland, now captivating audiences on worldwide stages.

    MAURA LOGUE & NIAMH CURRID | Thursday, 16 January 9:30 p.m. Atlantic ApartotelMaura Logue is the director of Dark Daughter Productions, and an award-winning writer, actress,director and producer of many theatrical events including performance theatre, carnival, local historical events and more. Maura is a stunning actress and the perfect woman to deliver some ofthe fine roles played by women in the canon of Irish theatre. Niamh Currid, composer and musi-cian, will accompany Mauras performance, Lace Handkerchiefs: Emotive Speeches by PowerfulHeroines in Classical Irish Theatre.

    JOHNNY GALLAGHER | Thursday, 16 January 10:30 p.m. Atlantic ApartotelNo one can claim to be more connected by transatlantic influences than Donegal musician JohnnyGallagher. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest guitar players in Europe, Johnny plays theblues in a traditional style, mixing original material with stunning personal versions of songs fromartists such as Lynyrd Skynrd, Jimi Hendrix and others. Johnny oozes charisma and excitement onstage. He can change from full on rock to quieter moments of more tender, introspective music,and his wizardry on his acoustic guitar is a joy to behold.

    MAIRAD N MHAONAIGH | Friday, 17 January 8:30 p.m. Atlantic ApartotelMairad N Mhaonaigh was born and raised in the heartland of the Gaoth Dobhair Gaeltacht inDonegal. Mairad is internationally known as one of the most important fiddle players of theunique Donegal style. Mairad and her band, Altan, have played the music of Donegal with pride,throughout the world. The band stayed true to the music and songs they learned from their familyback at home in Donegal in their neighbors kitchens and at sessions. Aside from playing withAltan, Mairad is also renowned for her work on other projects. Mairad is on recordings alongwith Enya, the Chieftains, Dolly Parton, the String Sisters and many others. In 2010, Mairad waselected Donegal Person of the Year by the Donegal Association in Dublin.

    THE LOGUES | Friday, 17 January 10:30 p.m. Atlantic ApartotelWith all official business done, its time for a party! And who better than these rascals, TheLogues? It has been described as psycho ceilidh, whiskey-soaked folk and just plain old partying musicwhatever it is, The Logues have made the genre their own. From their humblebeginnings in a sleepy County Tyrone village, they have become one of Irelands most sought-after live bands.

  • As part of the Transatlantic Connections Conference, we are delighted to host a number of art and crafts exhibitions at the Atlantic Apartotel, Bundoran Cineplex and La Sabbia Restaurant. We encourage you to visit each of the exhibitions, and ifyou are bringing gifts back home, we hope you will consider the original and excellentworks on display. All of the exhibitions are free.

    La Sabbia RestaurantANNIE WESTAnnie West is an award-winning illustrator living and working in Ireland.She illustrates figures from history, literature and science with mischief in mind. A selection of Annies work was recently added to the NationalLibrary of Irelands permanent illustration and cartoon archive.

    Atlantic ApartotelLOCAL HANDSLocal Hands is delighted to lead out an exhibition showcasing some ofthe fine artistic talent on offer in the northwest of Ireland. Much of thework on display is inspired by the rugged natural beauty and the cultureand traditions of the locality. Along with work in wood, ceramic, textileand glass, you can enjoy paintings and drawings from local landscapes to intricate Celtic design to colorful surf and music art and theres aDonegal soap maker, just to keep us right!

    Bundoran CineplexGAVIN MCCREASoul Graphics was born from Gavin McCreas love of surfing and drawing.Established 10 years ago near Bundoran, Gavin is now one of the coun-trys leading surf artists.

    KEVIN LOWERYThe western seaboard is the source of inspiration for a collection of new paintings by Ballyshannon artist Kevin Lowery.

    CLAUDIO SALVIATOClaudio Salviato has done wonderful work photographing the vibrantlocal culture of Bundoran: the surfers, the musicians, the families, thelandscape and the craic.

    USIRISHAs part of the local new artists initiative UsIrish, artist Marion Rose McFadden, will exhibit original artwork inspired by Celtic mythology, andpresenting Emily Brazeley, the faerie tailor, with her unique Fey creations.



    26 p.m. REGISTRATION AND TICKET SALES Atlantic Apartotel

    6 p.m. SURF BOOK LAUNCH Bundoran LibraryScott Laderman Empire of Waves: A Political History of SurfingTim Cooley Surfing


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