6pm reception, music & dancing. 6.45 pm program.
FREDERICK DOUGLASS IN IRELAND
Join us for a reading, performance and discussion on Frederick Douglass’s time in Ireland, featuring historian and author, Christine Kinealy and poet and Douglass impersonator, Nathan Richardson.
Focusing on the time he spent in Ireland from 1845 to 1846, Christine Kinealy’s recent work explores Frederick Douglass’s life-long relationship with the country. The abolitionist leader and activist for international human rights, Douglass never forgot his time in Ireland and playfully referred to himself as the “black Daniel O’Connell,” the Irish political leader who was fighting for the Irish emancipation from Britain during this time.
Douglass was noted to say of this visit that “For the first time in his life he felt truly free,” “Abolition was very strong there because Ireland had been a colony, and Catholics had suffered not having basic civil rights, so there was an empathy he felt between the oppressed poor Irish people and poor oppressed slave,” Kinealy said. Douglass made sure to make the distinction that the Irish were oppressed and poor, but they were not slaves.
Christine Kinealy is an historian and authority on Irish history, as well as the founding director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. She is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, where she completed her doctorate on the introduction of the Poor Law to Ireland. She has published extensively on the impact of the Great Irish Famine and has lectured on the relationship between poverty and famine in India, Spain, Canada, France, Finland and New Zealand. Kinealy was named one of the most influential Irish Americans in 2011 by “Irish America” Magazine and in 2014 she was inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame.
Nathan Richardson is an accomplished performance poet and published author. He has published two collections, “Likeness of Being” and “Twenty-one Imaginary T-shirts,” as well as contributed to several different poetry anthologies. He is well-known for his portrayal of Frederick Douglass on his project, The Frederick Douglass Speaking Tour. Nathan as Frederick
Siobhra Quinlan is an Irish vocalist, composer, and producer. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin with an M. Phil in Composition, she composes and performs with sfiiinx, a chamber music ensemble she founded herself.