Conference Program

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Villanova Center for Irish Studies

Official Launch
14-15 October 2016

Schedule of Events

14 October, Friday
8pm “Villanova Night” at the Abbey Theatre’s performance of
Sean O'Casey’s The Plough and the Stars
Annenberg Center, Philadelphia, PA


15 October, Saturday

Who’s/Whose Irish?

Philadelphia Stories from Penn to the Present


The Inaugural Conference of the Villanova Center for Irish Studies

8.30-9am          Conference Registration

                         St. Augustine Center, Room 300, Villanova University

9-4.30pm          Conference Panels

                         St. Augustine Center, Room 300, Villanova University

4.30-5.30pm     Plenary Address

                         Driscoll Auditorium, Villanova University

14 October: Additional Information

The official launch of the Villanova Irish Studies Center will begin on 14 October, with a special performance of Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars by the Abbey Theatre on Tour, at the Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104. Tickets will be made available to pick up on the night of the performance for phone: (215)898-3900; website:

We will provide tickets for conference presenters who are interested in attending the reception and performance. If you are interested in attending, please email Wendy Wunderlich ( by 1 October, so that we can make appropriate arrangements.

15 October: Additional Information

Please review the draft program below. If you would like any changes/edits made, please email Wendy Wunderlich ( by 1 October.

Draft Program

Location: St. Augustine Center, Rm 300

8.30-9.00 Registration/Breakfast Buffet

9.00-9.10 Opening Remarks

9.10-10.30 Panel I

Benjamin Bankhurst (Shepherd Univeristy), "Imagining Empire in Ireland after the annus mirabilis, 1759-1765"

Padhraig Higgins (Mercer County College), “The Relief of Irish Emigrants: Down but Not Out in Late Eighteenth Century Philadelphia”

John Waters (NYU), “Lawyers, Geographers and Men of Letters: Irish Immigrants and Enlightenment Culture in Philadelphia, 1790-1830”
Moderator: Craig Bailey (Villanova University)

10.30-10:40 Break

10.40-12.00 Panel II

Edward McCarron (Stonehill College), "The World of Captain Christopher O'Connor: Seafaring, Migration and Community in Southwark, 1790-1820"

Theresa Roney (NYU), “Hiding in Plain Sight: Unearthing Irish History in Nineteenth-Century Germantown, Philadelphia”

Bill Watson (Immaculata College), “Duffy’s Cut”
Moderator: Megan Quigley (Villanova University)

12:00-12:30 "Dennis Clark's Legacy"
James Murphy (Villanova University)and Maureen Murphy (Hofstra University)

12.30-1.30 Lunch

1.30-2.50 Panel III

Doris Panzer (Penn), “Whose commemoration?: US Civil War reenactors honor twentieth-century Irish American heroes”

Caroline Tatem (NYU), Competitions of Transcendence: Mummers, Minstrels, and Mimesis

Maureen Murphy (Hofstra), “Molly on the Main Line: Irish Servant Girls in Philadelphia and Pittsburg”
Moderator: Joseph Lennon (Villanova University)

2.50-3.00 Break

3.00-4.20 Panel IV

Gary Richardson (Mercer University), “Ireland v. Ireland: The Theatrical Context of the Irish Players in Philadelphia”

Kelly Matthews, (Framingham State University), “Over the Waves: The Broadcast History of Philadelphia, Here I Come!

Mary Burke (UConn), Grace Kelly, Philadelphia, and the postwar politics of fashion and beauty
Moderator: Mary Mullen (Villanova University)

4.20-4.40 Break

Location: Driscoll Auditorium

4.40-5.20 Plenary Address

Kevin Kenny (Boston College), “Three Philadelphia Stories”

5.20-5.30 Closing Remarks

Getting to the Conference Venue

If you are driving…Parking will be available at the M-2 Lot in front of the St.
Augustine Center. Please inform the Public Safety representative at the Main Gate
(Ithan Ave) that you are attending the conference and ask for directions to the M-2
Lot. Please see the “Directions to Villanova University” appended below, and for
campus maps see:

If you are staying at the Radnor Hotel…and need transportation to the conference
venue, please inform Wendy Wunderlich ( by 1
October, who will arrange for a shuttle service between the Radnor Hotel and

If you are travelling by public transport… Please see the “Directions to Villanova
University” appended below. We will be meeting in the St. Augustine Center, Room
300, which can be located on the campus map. Directions to other locations will be given at the conference and are located on the campus map.


We will be providing a buffet lunch for conference presenters and registrants on Saturday 15 October.

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