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The Irish Institute Lecture: Margaret MacCurtain on Post-Vatican Ireland

Thursday, April 25, 2013, 7:00 p.m.

at Glucksman Ireland House NYU

Social activist, feminist historian, and nun Dr. Margaret MacCurtain, O.P., delivers "Diversity and Stability in Post-Vatican Irish Catholic Ireland" for the sixth annual Irish Institute of New York Lecture

Described by Dubliner's Magazine in 2004 as "many people's quiet hero," Margaret MacCurtain entered the Dominican order in 1950, a vocation she has balanced with her secular career even when an advocate for controversial or unpopular positions that challenged authority in Irish society. Now 82, she has campaigned for the abolition of corporal punishment in Irish schools and for children with special needs; against domestic violence, for birth control and the right to remarry after a civil divorce; and against Apartheid, among many other human rights issues.

Dr. MacCurtain retired from the Irish History Department at University College Dublin in 1994, after a thirty year career during which she was one of the pioneers of the field of Women's History in Ireland. Among the books she has authored, co-authored, or edited are Tudor and Stuart Ireland (1972); Women and Irish Society: The Historical Dimension (1978); Women in Early Modern Ireland (1992); Grace Gifford Plunkett and Irish Freedom (2000); From Dublin to New Orleans: Nora and Alice's Journey to America 1888 (1995); Ariadne's Threads: Writing Women into Irish History (2009); and The Gill History of Ireland series (1980). The volume Women and Irish History (1998) is a collection of essays written in her honor.

Introduction by Joe Lee, Glucksman Chair of Irish Studies, Professor of History, and Director of Glucksman Ireland House NYU.

Funding to endow this lecture series has been granted by the Irish Institute of New York, which has been dedicated to the support and promotion of the finest in Irish culture since 1950 and has been a generous donor to Glucksman Ireland House NYU since its opening in 1993.

Free admission.

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This lecture was previously scheduled for November 1, 2012, but was rescheduled due to Hurricane Sandy.