An historic photograph of an Irish-American family.
How It’s New York: This takes place at Glucksman Ireland House, and pulls together some of New York’s greatest scholars, writers and personalities, including author Mary Higgins Clark, and former Congressman Bruce Morrison.
How It’s Irish: The topic is the Irish and Irish-American family. This year, the panels will focus on economics. Think that “family” and “economics” are not connected? Replace “economics” with “Money” and it all makes sense.

This is the second year of this exciting all day panel (here’s the little preview we did last year). This year blogger and author Honor Molloy will be covering the event for us. In her novel Smarty Girl: Dublin Savage  she takes on the Irish family– so she should have a lot to say!
Topics include family life across the Atlantic; wealth, poverty and emigration; financing futures: sibling support and maternal models; Immigration pathways for the Irish today and tomorrow.
 Consul General Noel Kilkenny will do the closing remarks!

“Who Do We Think We Are?”
Economics Family-Style

Saturday, April 21st 2012 10am to 6pm

at NYU’s 19 University Place, 1st floor

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Bestselling novelist and memoirist Mary Higgins Clark (the forthcoming I’ll Walk Alone: A Novel; Kitchen Privileges) will deliver the keynote talk about her family’s experience and its influence on her life and writing.
Professors Kerby Miller, author of the seminal Emigrants and Exiles, and Breandán Mac Suibhne (Ed., Society and Manners in Early Nineteenth Century Ireland) will discuss changes of fortune and immigration.
Professors Maureen O. Murphy (The Irish Bridget: Irish Immigrant Women in Domestic Service in America, 1840-1930) and Janet Nolan (Servants Of The Poor: Teachers And Mobility In Ireland And Irish America), talk about women?s role in immigration and upward mobility.
NYU Irish and Irish-American Studies faculty members Professors Linda Dowling Almeida and Miriam Nyhan speak on the Glucksman Ireland House NYU Oral History of Irish America project and what is revealed about domestic economy.
Bruce Morrison, former Congressman from Connecticut, immigration lawyer, and lobbyist, will bring us up to speed on where immigration policy is today and its directions for the future.
We will close the day with remarks by Noel Kilkenny, the Consul General of Ireland in New York.

Schedule after the jump! Tickets:
Day Pass: $60 | Member’s Day Pass: $50
Includes all talks 9am–5pm. Does not include VIP reception.
Premium Pass: $100 | Member’s Premium Pass: $75
Includes all talks and the VIP reception.
Members of Glucksman Ireland House: to receive member pricing, please contact us for the discount code via or (212) 998-3950.
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Purchase tickets at or call them at (212) 868-4444.

Program – Saturday, April 21st

Registration and check-in

at NYU’s 19 University Place, 1st floor | See Map >>
Coffee, tea, and continental breakfast provided

Welcoming remarks

Judith McGuire, President, Glucksman Ireland House Advisory Board

Session 1: Sharing Communities:
Family Life Across the Atlantic

Prof. Miriam Nyhan and Prof. Linda Dowling Almeida, Co-Directors of Glucksman Ireland House NYU’s Oral History of Irish America Project, shed light on the trans-Atlantic strategies used in managing family economies and opportunities using excerpts from the Oral History Project.

11:15am Coffee and tea break
Session 2: Keynote Address from Mary Higgins Clark

Best-selling novelist Mary Higgins Clark, author of the moving memoir Kitchen Privileges and her newest novel, I’ll Walk Alone, will discuss her own Irish-American experience. Followed by book signing.

12:30pm Lunch
Local recommendations & special deals will be provided to participants.
Session 3: Wealth, Poverty, and Emigration

Prof. Breandán Mac Suibhne of Centenary College talks about “The End of Outrage; or, The Informer and the Historian: The Great Famine and Popular Politics in County Donegal,” followed by Prof. Kerby Miller‘s look at “Broken Families: Loss, Faith, and Fraternity in the Many Lives of Edmund Ronayne, 1832-1911.”

3:30pm Coffee and tea break
Session 4: Financing Futures:
Sibling Support and Maternal Models

Prof. Maureen Murphy of Hofstra University discusses how chain migration to the US was financed by women, including nuns, while Prof. Janet Nolan of Loyola University, Chicago, looks at upward mobility via mothers to daughters in America.

Session 5: U.S. Immigration Pathways
for the Irish Today and Tomorrow

Bruce Morrison, former Congressman from Connecticut, immigration lawyer, and lobbyist

Closing Remarks

Noel Kilkenny, Consul General of Ireland, New York

Hors d’oeuvres reception

at Glucksman Ireland House NYU
1 Washington Mews, New York, NY 10003 | See Map >>
for premium ticket holders only.
Meet the day’s presenters and the faculty of NYU Irish and Irish-American Studies

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