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Quinnipiac U. to hold conference on Irish famine

June 14, 2014

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — A four-day conference on the Irish famine will be held at Quinnipiac University.

Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University will host the 20th biennial meeting of the Ulster-American Heritage Symposium from Wednesday through Saturday. The symposium is called “Irish hunger, poverty and migration: A Trans-Atlantic perspective.”

The symposium will look at the impact of Ireland’s famine on migration patterns, literature as well as less prominent or hidden famines and their correlation to Ireland’s famine.

Quinnipiac says about 40 scholarly papers, many breaking new ground in understanding and scholarship, will be presented.

During the famine years from 1845 to 1852, blight destroyed virtually all of Ireland’s potato crops. More than 1 million died and about 2 million emigrated to the United States and other countries.

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