Singing in the Dark:
Irishness, Creativity, Madness
Saturday, October 30th 9:30am to 6:30pm
at Glucksman Ireland House NYU
Glucksman Ireland House NYU, in association with the Irish Arts Center, New York Public Library: Live from the NYPL, with Fountain House, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and The Mood Disorders Support Group, presents “Singing in the Dark: Irishness, Creativity, Madness.”
This day-long symposium will explore suffering and creativity from Irish and Irish-American perspectives with discussions between academics, psychiatrists, artists, psychologists, physicians and psychotherapists on the topics of addiction, asylum, creativity, culture, collective trauma, emigration, ethnicity, exile, family, depression, health, immigration, incarceration, mental illness, post-colonialism, poverty, psychosis and spiritualism.
With opening remarks by singer Susan McKeown and by Glucksman Ireland House Associate Director Eileen Reilly.
General Admission: $20
Includes full day of talks, 9:30am–6:30pm.
To purchase tickets, please visit SmartTix.com or call (212) 868-4444.
Also join us for:
Singing in the Dark: Creativity, Suffering, and the Pursuit of Happiness
A Concert and Conversation Featuring Susan McKeown
This program is presented to coincide with the launch of Susan McKeown’s album Singing in the Dark, a concert and conversation with special guest Kay Redfield Jamison (Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament) hosted by Paul Holdengräber (Live from the NYPL) presented by the Irish Arts Center at Peter Norton Symphony Space on Saturday, October 30th at 8pm.
For details and tickets, see http://www.irishartscenter.org
Program - Saturday, October 30th
|9:00am||Registration at Glucksman Ireland House NYU
Susan McKeown, Grammy Award-winning singer
Dr. Eileen Rewilly, Associate Director of Glucksman Ireland House NYU
“Stalking Irish Madness:
“Mind Yourself: Challenges and Needs in the Contemporary Irish Immigrant Community”
Agnes Delaney, Board Chair, Aisling Irish Community Center
“A Century of Silence:
|12:30am||Lunch in Greenwich Village (on your own)
“Inter-Generational and Collective Trauma:
|3:30pm||Coffee and tea break
“Creativity and Models of Madness”
Professor Bradley Lewis, NYU
“Maeve Brennan: Homesick at The New Yorker”
Prof. Angela Bourke, University College Dublin
Meet the day's presenters over wine and cheese
- Professor Angela Bourke, MRIA, is a Senior Lecturer in Modern Irish at University College Dublin and Member of the Royal Irish Academy. She has published widely on oral culture and literature including two books, Caoineadh na dTrí Muire (1983), a study of the Crucifixion in oral religious poetry, and The Burning of Bridget Cleary: A True Story, (winner of the 2001 Non-Fiction Irish Times Literature Prize), a critically acclaimed cultural history of how a young Tipperary woman came to be burned to death by her relatives in 1895. Bourke was one of the editors of The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, vols iv and v: Irish Women’s Writing and Traditions (2002) and is also the author of a well-received collection of short-stories, By Salt Water (1996). Maeve Brennan: Homesick at The New Yorker was published in 2004.
- Dr. Oscar Gillespie emigrated from Northern Ireland in 1972. Trained at Queen’s University, Belfast and SUNY Stonybrook, he has been working in the Health and Personal Development field for over twenty-five years and is a Master Trainer for IACT (The International Association for Counselors and Therapists). He has appeared on the Oprah, McNeil-Lehrer, David Susskind and Phil Donahue Shows. Trained as a Hypnotherapist in the Milton Erickson tradition he runs an Independent Counseling and Coaching Practice in New York City.
- Professor Bradley Lewis teaches at the Gallatin School at NYU. He has dual training in interdisciplinary humanities and medicine (specializing in psychiatry). He writes and teaches at the interface of medicine/psychiatry, humanities, cultural studies of science, and disability studies. He is the cultural studies editor for the Journal of Medical Humanities and is the author of Moving Beyond Prozac, DSM, and the New Psychiatry: The Birth of Postpsychiatry.
- Norman Mongan was born in Dublin and studied at the National College of Art & Design. An ardent Francophile and European, he moved to Paris in 1962 where he has since resided. By vocation a writer, photographer, filmmaker and musician, he was a freelance creative consultant with major advertising agencies throughout Europe and a contributor to publications in France, Ireland, UK and USA. He published The History of the Guitar in Jazz in 1984 and The Menapia Quest in 1995. A Century of Silence: Echoes of a Massachusetts Landscape: My Quest to Find my Ill-Fated Granduncle in America tells of two decades of difficult genealogical research for his grandfather’s siblings, the connection broken by asylum and suicide in the nineteenth-century.
- Michael O’Loughlin is a professor at Adelphi University, where he is on the faculty of Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies and in the School of Education. He is a clinical and research supervisor in the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology, and he is a training analyst in the Postgraduate Programs in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy at Adelphi. He published The Subject of Childhood in 2009, and he is editor of Imagining Children Otherwise, which was published in 2010. He is currently working on Psychodynamic Perspectives on Children and Schools. He has a practice as a child and adult psychotherapist in New Hyde Park, New York.
- Dr. A. Jamie Saris is a Senior Lecturer is the Department of Anthropology, NUI Maynooth. He has been working for more than fifteen years in medical and psychological anthropology in Ireland, North America, and South Africa, where he has researched and published on such diverse issues as the social life of mental hospitals, the experience of major mental illness, colonialism and its aftermath, poverty and structural violence, drug abuse, and HIV risk and treatment.
- Patrick Tracey won the 2009 L.L. Winship/PEN New England award for his memoir Stalking Irish Madness, his story of trying to make sense of the curse of schizophrenia that has haunted his family for generations. He is a former contributing writer for the Washington City Paper and the Washington Post and is currently finishing a novel.