A free visual lecture, “Journey of Hope: The Irish in New York,” with Dr. Tara Rider will be presented at 2:00 PM on Thursday, May 26, 2016 in the Large Meeting Room on the lower level. Funding for this event is sponsored in part by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library and the New York Council for the Humanities, Speakers in the Humanities program. The presentation length will be approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes.
(This program was originally scheduled for April 14.)
From the 18th century onwards, dramatic numbers of Irish citizens emigrated to the U.S., often to escape religious persecution and economic hardship. They left the comfort and support of family, friends, and loved ones to arrive in an America that often regarded the Irish as incompatible with American ideals. We will take a fascinating multimedia look at the history and culture of the Irish of New York from their immigrant beginnings to the present day. Their journey of hope is reflected in the shared experiences of immigrants from around the world coming to America.
Garden City residents will be given priority by presenting their GCPL cards at the program-room door. Non-residents will be accommodated on a space-available basis 10 minutes before showtime. No saved seats. Please, no busses.
Tara Rider’s research interests focus around how environments have shaped societies around the world, with an emphasis on the Atlantic world. She is interested in exploring how historical decisions have shaped not only the physical environment, but also society's evolving views of nature, especially the waterways. Human responses to different types of environmental conditions and physical landscapes have shaped social thoughts and attitudes.
Her current research has been centered on the geo-politics of 16th century Ireland and includes a study in how gender becomes symbolic of the turmoil involved in colonization. The linkage of gender and race with landscape is about questions of power, culture, and identity. She has presented on this research at national and international conferences.
As the director of Stony Brook University’s international academic programs to both Ireland and England, she seeks to introduce students to new cultures, ideas, and histories through an interactive experience. By encouraging students to explore the world, Dr. Rider hopes to initiate a conversation about how our environment shapes who we are as both individuals and society.
She has taught a wide range of history courses, including Atlantic maritime history, American environmental history, environmental ethics, Long Island history, Irish history, and technical communication, as well as survey courses of European and American history.