How It’s New York: African-American and Irish cultures bumped up against each other (and everyone else’s) here in NYC, so what better place to explore their intersection?
How It’s Irish: These talks take place at Irish Arts Center, and are the brainchild of Dr. Mick Moloney, the force behind the “Masters in Collaboration” series as well.


Two Roads Diverged: A dialogue on Irish and Black contributions to American Culture

Admission to all three events: FREE
Reservations are required

October 24

November 7

Two Roads Diverged: A dialogue on Irish and Black contributions to American Culture
Open Dialogue with Lenwood O. Sloan and Dr. Mick Moloney
September 18, October 24, November 7 | 7 pm
A three-part series that will examine the Irish American and African American cultural fusions, exchanges, rivalries and stereotypes that developed from the Caribbean and Southern communities in the 1650s through to the birth of Broadway and vaudeville.

October 24
Jimmy Crack Corn:
Irish and Black Diaspora in Appalachia

An exploration of early African American and
Irish American instruments, songs and music,
games and contests, and dances throughout
the regions along the Appalachian Trail.
Admission: FREE

November 7
Banjo and Fiddle, Tambo and Bones
The development of an American art
form – Black Face. An examination of this
controversial genre through reflections,
projections and truth in impersonation.
Admission: FREE

The series has been developed by Lenwood O. Sloan, most recently Pennsylvania Film Commissioner and Director of Cultural and Heritage Initiatives, and with film credits including the Emmy award-winning films Ethnic Notions and Dance Black America, and Dr. Mick Moloney, Global Distinguished Professor of Music and Irish Studies at NYU.
In association with Harlem Stage

Gwen Orel
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The only New York journalist who writes for both the Forward and Irish Music Magazine.