The Irish and the Jews

Tuesday, April 4, 2017  4:00pm - 7:00pm Butler Library, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Room 523


As two diasporic communities whose paths have often crossed, the Irish and the Jews have complex shared histories. This exhibition and discussion aims to connect these interwoven narratives of migration, displacement, and cultural contact. Pól Ó Dochartaigh (National University of Ireland, Galway) will present on his exhibition at the Royal Irish Academy titled "Representations of Jews in Ireland" and Irish novelist, Ruth Gilligan, will read from her new novel Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan (Atlantic) about the Irish-Jewish community. These talks will be held at the Butler Library and will be accompanied by an exhibition of posters from the Royal Irish Academy and archival materials from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University.


4-5pm (Butler Rare Book and Manuscript Library): The Irish and the Jews Exhibition 

5pm (Butler Library 523): Pól Ó Dochartaigh, "Representations of Jews in Irish Literature" and Ruth Gilligan, reading from Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan

Exhibition curated by Emily Bloom, Jenny Lee, Michelle Chesner, Jessica Roda, Karla Nielsen, Jeremy Dauber, Thai Jones, Karen L. Green, and Kellie Welch.


  • Participant, Exhibition Curator

    Emily Bloom

    Lecturer, Department of English and Comparative Literature

    Columbia University

  • Participant

    Pól Ó Dochartaigh

    Professor, Registrar and Deputy President

    National University of Ireland, Galway

  • Participant

    Ruth Gilligan

    Lecturer in Creative Writing

    University of Birmingham

  • Participant

    James Shapiro

    Larry Miller Professor of English

    Columbia University


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