Hyphenated Identity: Irish-Jewish Autobiography

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Location: McKenna Hall Room 100

What does it mean to be both Irish and Jewish? Irish-Jewish autobiography is a mere 80-year-old phenomenon, spanning family memoir, political, social and cultural reflections on Jewish life in Ireland, and Holocaust survivor testimony. Six of these autobiographies, written by, among others, a Belfast-born President of Israel, a Cork-born literary editor and novelist, and a Dublin-born Zionist IRA man, contain significant reflections on what it means to be both Irish and Jewish. This talk will consider those reflections in the context of ever-evolving Irish identity.

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Speaker: Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh, Deputy-President & Provost, National University of Ireland, Galway

Sponsors: Center for the Study of Languages & Cultures (CSLC)Department of German & Russian, Department of History

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