Quinnipiac University will host the symposium, “Exploring the Legacies of the Great Hunger: The Cultural, Spiritual, Psychological and Political Consequences for Today’s Ireland from Centuries of Colonization,” from 1-4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 17, in the Grand Courtroom of the School of Law Center on the Mount Carmel Campus. This event is free and open to the public.
Christine Kinealy, a visiting professor in residence at Quinnipiac who is known internationally for her ground-breaking research on the Great Hunger, and Dr. Garrett O’Connor, an internationally recognized psychiatrist who specializes in addiction and healing, will present at the symposium, which is being sponsored by Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University, 3011 Whitney Ave., Hamden.
Kinealy’s presentation, “The Famine Killed Everything: Cultural and Political Legacies of Colonial Rule,” will run from 1:15-2 p.m. Kinealy’s talk will explore the Great Hunger in relation to Ireland’s colonial relationship with Britain.
O’Connor’s address, “Ireland Sober is Ireland Free!: A Laughable, Desirable or Feasible Proposition,” will take place from 2:15-3:15 p.m. O’Connor will discuss his 1997 work, “Recognizing and Healing Malignant Shame: A Statement About the Urgent Need for Psychological and Spiritual Recovery from the Effects of Colonialism in Ireland.” He will revisit this topic, placing it in the context of both recent developments in Ireland and the longer-term impact of colonization on the Irish spirit.
The symposium will conclude with Kinealy and O’Connor facilitating the session, “Sharing Stories,” from 3:30-4:30 p.m.