Date(s) - 02/08/23
Dear Fulbright Ireland Alumni,Greetings! The Board of Directors of the newly formed Ireland Fulbright Interest Group would like to invite you to the first meeting of the Interest Group. The overall purpose of the Interest Group will be to sponsor Ireland focused educational and cultural programs that will further the Fulbright program objectives of international understanding and connection. The first meeting of the Interest Group will be on Wednesday February 8 at 12:00 pm EST via zoom. At this meeting you will have the opportunity to meet fellow Ireland Fulbrighters and share your ideas for future programs and events.
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZModu-oqTgjHNybssyvhNoS3UsVawnKk-jE After the meet and greet part of the meeting, we will have a discussion of the book, Ireland and the Magdalene Laundries: A Campaign for Justice by Claire McGettrick, Katherine O’Donnell, Maeve O’Rourke, James M. Smith, and Mari Steed. One of the book authors, Katherine O’Donnell, has graciously agreed to be a part of our kick-off event. A description of the book and Katherine O”Donnell’s bio can be found at the end of this email. Below is the link to the registration form for the zoom meeting. You must complete the registration form in order to join the meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting. If you would like to attend the meeting, please register before January 20, 2023. We hope that you will join us on February 8th at 12:00 pm EST and also consider being a part of the Interest Group going forward. You can also check your Fulbright Alumni membership status at: https://members.fulbright.org/Best wishes and Happy Holidays, The Board of Directors, Ireland Fulbright Interest Group Mary Ann Forgey, President Morris Beja, Vice President Kim Ilosvay, Secretary Christine Davis Suzanne McBrideSinéad Murnane “Ireland and the Magdalene Laundries” documents the ongoing work carried out by the Justice for Magdalenes group in advancing public knowledge and research into Magdalene Laundries, and how the Irish State continues to evade its responsibilities not just to survivors of the Magdalenes but also in providing a truthful account of what happened. Drawing from a variety of primary sources, this book reveals the fundamental flaws in the state’s investigation and how the treatment of the burials, exhumation and cremation of former Magdalene women remains a deeply troubling issue today, emblematic of the system of torture and studious official neglect in which the Magdalene women lived their lives. Katherine O’Donnell is Professor, History of Ideas, at UCD School of Philosophy University College Dublin, Ireland, and is a member of the Justice for Magdalenes Research group. She has published widely in feminist cultural studies and also 18th Century Irish philosophy, specifically on Edmund Burke.