The Lawrence J. McCaffrey Lecture of Irish American Studies at St. Ambrose University is an annual lecture that examines topics related to the Irish-American experience in fields such as history, literature, music, theology, business, and the sciences, among others.
The lecture is named in honor of one of the world's foremost historians of Ireland and Irish America, Dr. Lawrence J. McCaffrey. A 1949 graduate of St. Ambrose, Dr. McCaffrey was one of the three co-founders of the American Conference for Irish Studies. He is the author or editor of several seminal Irish Studies texts, including "The Irish Catholic Diaspora in America, The Irish Question: Two Centuries of Conflict," and "The Irish Experience."
He has lectured, taught and presented seminars at many colleges and universities, including at St. Ambrose, and was a consultant for the PBS documentary, "The Long Journey Home." In 2000, Dr. McCaffrey donated his collection of nearly 400 Irish Studies books and journals to the St. Ambrose University Library.
Tuesday, April 10, 7:00 pm
SAU Rogalski Center, 518 W. Locust Street, Davenport, Iowa
Presenter: Dr. David Emmons, Professor Emeritus of American History, University of Montana
Title: "The Power to Exclude: Irish and Chinese in the Western American Labor Movement, 1869-1900"
David Emmons is an accomplished scholar of the Irish in the American West. He joined the University of Montana History Department in 1969, and is the author of three books. His book, "The Butte Irish" (1989) won the 1990 Robert Athearn Award of the Western History Association. Emmons recently published, "Beyond the American Pale: The Irish in the West, 1845–1910."
2008 Lecture: Peter Quinn, "Confessions of a Semi-Professional Irishman"
2009 Lecture: Maureen Murphy, "The Irish Servant Girl in America"
2010 Lecture: Mick Moloney, "Irish-American Songs From Old New York: Edward Harrigan and the Roots of American Musical Theatre"
2011 Lecture: Daniel Tobin, "In the Suburbs of Ulro: The Metaphysics of Work in Irish American Poetry"
For More Information
Contact Dr. Ryan Dye, Associate Professor of History and Director of International Education