Learn about the gutsy Irish women of the Titanic during the lecture, “I’m Lucky to Have Me Own Life: The Irish Girls of the Titanic,” from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Feb. 10 in 331 Social Sciences & Business Building at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Maureen Murphy, professor of curriculum and teaching in the School of Education, Health and Human Services at Hofstra University in Long Island, N.Y., will concentrate on the young Irish women who were part of a cohort of 54 women, 54 men and five children who boarded the Titanic at Queenstown, Ireland. She will recreate that fateful night their story of courage, generosity, luck and saving wit.
Murphy is past president of the American Conference for Irish Studies and the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures. She was one of the senior editors of the prize-winning “Dictionary of Irish Literatures” published by the Royal Irish Academy and Cambridge University Press in 2009. She is currently writing a biography of Asenath Nicholson, whose book, “Annals of the Famine in Ireland,” she edited. Murphy directed the New York State Great Irish Curriculum Project – it won the National Conference for the Social Studies Excellence Award in 2002. She was also the historian of the Irish Hunger Memorial in Battery Park City, N.Y.
This lecture is sponsored by the Smurfit-Stone Endowed Professorship in Irish Studies at UMSL, the Center for International Studies at UMSL and UMSL.
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