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PISP and Boston College

Dr Peter McLoughlin awarded a visiting fellowship at Boston College

Dr Peter McLoughlin has been awarded a visiting fellowship at Boston College, Newton, MA, under the terms of the faculty exchange programme which Queen’s has with the College. The programme, funded by the Irish Studies International Research Initiative at Queen’s, will allow Dr McLoughlin to travel to Boston and use the College’s considerable library and archive resources in writing a paper on the Irish-American politician, Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill. Dr McLoughlin will also be presenting his research and participating in seminars at the College. Commenting on the award, Dr McLoughlin said: “I am very grateful to have this opportunity to visit Boston, and intend to use my time there to continue developing the already close and productive relations that exist between the College and Queen’s.”

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'Slavery, the Irish and the Atlantic 19th Century' by Professor Marjorie Howes (Boston College)

Professor Marjorie Howes (Boston College) is giving a lecture entitled 'Slavery, the Irish and the Atlantic 19th Century'.  The lecture will take place on Wednesday 1st December 2010 in the Seminar Room, Humanities Postgraduate Centre, 18 College Green.

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Political lobbying and the LGBT community: the Utah experience

With Brandie Balken, Executive Director for Equality Utah, the states’ largest political advocacy organization for LGBT civil rights 

Seminar in cooperation with  Boston College

2 December 2010 from 3.00pm to 5.00pm in Room 02/025 Peter Froggatt Centre, Queen’s University, Belfast.

Programme and further information available here

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July 2010 Update

The links established between PISP and Boston College continue to grow stronger. The MA Bursary set aside specifically for Boston College graduates has been awarded to Elayne McCabe who will be taking the MA in Irish Politics programme commencing in September. Another Boston College graduate, Matthew Hunt, currently completing an MA Irish Studies here at Queen’s, will be enrolling on our PhD programme in September.

In recent months two Boston College students, PhD candidate Ian Delahanty and Junior year student Nora Lopopolo, visited QUB and met with members of the School who advised and assisted them on their respective research projects. Following his trip Ian Delahanty wrote as follows: ‘My time in Belfast was extremely helpful to my dissertation, owing both to the sources I was able to look at in the Public Record Office and Linenhall Library and the people I was able to meet with at Queen’s University. Having met Professor Graham Walker during his visit to Boston College, I was able to connect with the faculty and graduate student body through him, which led to several very useful suggestions for my research...All in all, my stay in Belfast was both enjoyable and invaluable to my research, and doors that opened because of the connection between Queen’s and Boston College’s Irish Studies programs played a very large part in that’.

It is the intention of PISP to encourage more such visits and to address matters such as the provision of facilities for visiting students from Boston, the organisation of temporary library and sports centre cards, the organisation of opportunities to give papers and to network.

In April Professor Graham Walker met with Dr. Bernd Widdig ( Director of International Programs ) and Ms. Esther Messing ( Assistant Director for International Student Exchange ) of Boston College when they visited Queen’s. Matters discussed during the highly profitable exchange were the Study Abroad Programme, The ‘Queen’s Experience’, and the importance of international links to the School and the University.


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Boston College Faculty Exchange
Professor Graham Walker
Professor Graham Walker
Professor Ruth-Ann Harris
Professor Ruth-Ann Harris

Congratulations to Professor Graham Walker, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, who will be taking part in the first Queen's University Belfast and Boston College faculty exchange programme in 2009. 
"I am delighted and honoured to have been chosen to spend time in Boston to further my research project and to establish links with scholars based in the College. I look forward, while I am there,  to promoting Queen’s in every possible way." Professor Graham Walker

The Irish Studies International Research Initiative will welcome Professor Ruth-Ann Harris, Department of History, Boston College, who will visit QUB as part of the faculty exchange during March/April 2009. 

Professor Harris teaches Irish immigration history, concentrating on Irish women and emigration.  In 1994-95 she was the Senior Research Scholar at the Institute of Irish Studies, Queen’s University Belfast.  Her research concerns Ireland’s social and economic history, and Irish emigration to England and North America.  Harris is the founder and facilitator of the Boston Irish Colloquium, which began in 1993.  She has served as a board member on the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), the Area Advisory Committee for Western Europe, and Subcommittee for Ireland and the United Kingdom.  She also worked with the Fulbright program as a regular liaison between the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, for the U.S. Information Agency, Irish Scholarship Board, Cultural Affairs Committee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ireland, and as a Cultural Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy, on Fulbright Exchange Programs.  Currently, she is working on a book length study of Irish women as immigrants, entitled Thinking Long: Irish Women Write Home.  She is also working on a project analyzing characteristics of Irish immigrants in North America drawn from the "Missing Friends" column, which appeared in the Boston Pilot newspaper from 1831 through 1916.

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