America and Ireland: Re-imagining priorities and our community

16th November 2016
Crowell & Moring, 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20004

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This year, as we celebrate this important centenary and reflect on what we have achieved, we are committing ourselves to continuing the journey of imagination, committing ourselves to sustain the artistic work that will form the next chapter of our story.

Michael D Higgins

President of Ireland

In November 2016 we convened leading and emerging influencers from the worlds of academia, diplomacy, politics and business to discuss the future of the US-Irish relationship.

This forum, convened in partnership with the UCD Institute for American Studies and with the support of the Embassy of Ireland, provided an opportunity to discuss Ireland-US relations in the wake of the US presidential election, the legacy of the Ireland 100 commemorations in the US, and the next generation of Irish America.

The format consisted of two panel discussions:

1. Irish America Tomorrow: Re-imagining our community
This panel will discuss lessons learnt from the Ireland 100 celebrations, the changing nature of the Irish American connection and the current demographics and perspectives of Irish-America.

2. Priorities for the next Administration
This panel will discuss current issues in the diplomatic, political and economic relations between Ireland and the US, with a view to understanding some of the factors that will shape policy in the next four years.

Videos of each panelist, as well as their bios are available below

Videos

Panel 1:

Irish America’s Future

 

 

Professor Liam Kennedy

Professor Liam Kennedy

Professor of American Studies, University College Dublin

Professor Liam Kennedy is Director of the Clinton Institute for American Studies at University College Dublin. He has diverse research interests and teaching experiences, spanning the fields of American cultural and media studies, globalisation and Irish-US relations. He is the author of Susan Sontag: Mind as Passion (1995) Race and Urban Space in American Culture (2000) and Afterimages: Photography and US Foreign Policy (2016).

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Professor Kennedy’s work is interdisciplinary, blending cultural and political modes of scholarly analysis, and represents American Studies as a valuable framework to study both American domestic and international affairs.

He is currently researching a monograph on globalization and American culture, and preparing two edited books – on neoliberalism and American literature and on diaspora and diplomacy.

 

Steve Lenox

Steve Lenox

President, Irish Network USA

Steve is the Founder and President of Lenox Consulting, a US and Ireland based strategic communications consulting firm. Founded in 2010, Lenox Consulting represents a variety of clients, including the New Jersey Firefighter’s Benevolent Association (NJ FMBA), Coopers Ferry Partnership and William Fry providing business development, public affairs, media relations and political consulting services.

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In addition to his work, Steve also serves as President of Irish Network USA, the umbrella organization for chapters across the United States, providing a vehicle and resource for Irish, Irish-Americans, and ‘friends’ of Ireland to join together to ‘invest’ in Ireland and bolster relationships through business, arts, culture, education and sports. There are currently 22 chapters of Irish Network USA with efforts underway to launch chapters in additional cities across the USA.

A dual citizen, Steve has also built an extensive network of government and business contacts in Ireland, where his wife Aoife owns and manages a successful small business and they are raising their 3 sons, Conor, Cian and Dylan.

H.E. Anne Anderson

H.E. Anne Anderson

Ambassador of Ireland to the United States of America

Anne Anderson took up duty in Washington DC in August 2013. She is Ireland’s 17th Ambassador to the United States, and the first woman Ambassador

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Ambassador Anderson was born in Ireland (Clonmel, Co. Tipperary) in 1952. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Politics from University College, Dublin, and a Diploma in Legal Studies from Kings Inns, Dublin. She entered the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1972.

Following a range of assignments at home and abroad, she took up her first posting as Ambassador in 1995. Prior to her current assignment in DC, she has served as Ireland’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York (2009–2013); Ambassador to France (2005-2009); Permanent Representative of Ireland to the European Union, Brussels (2001-2005); and Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations, Geneva (1995-2001)

A strong believer in public diplomacy, Ambassador Anderson regularly engages as a lecturer, moderator and panellist in academic, think tank, and business settings. During her New York assignment, such engagements included Fordham University, Columbia University, International Peace Institute, UN Association of New York, Academic Council of the United Nations. Since taking up her current assignment, she has addressed think tanks both in DC (including Brookings; The Wilson Centre) and around the country (including the Chicago Council on Global Affairs; the Atlanta Council on Foreign Relations; the Alaska World Affairs Council) as well as speaking at a wide range of universities, Chambers of Commerce, and other business networks.

Ambassador Anderson was awarded a Doctor of Laws (Honorary) by the National University of Ireland in December 2011. She was listed among Ireland’s “25 Most Powerful Women” by the Women’s Executive Network in 2015.

 

Prof Maureen Murphy

Prof Maureen Murphy

Professor of Teaching, Learning and Technology, Hofstra University

Maureen Murphy is Professor of Curriculum and Teaching, Director of the Secondary English programs and Co-Director of the undergraduate Irish Studies minor in HCLAS. She has served as Interim Dean of the School of Education and Health and Human Services (2005-2008), the University’s Dean of Students and acting Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Teaching.

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Murphy was the Director of the Great Irish Famine Curriculum Project for the New York State Department of Education. She is one of the five senior editors of the nine volumes Dictionary of Irish Biography published jointly by the Royal Irish Academy and Cambridge University Press.

She was a Fulbright Fellow in Dublin in 1965-66, a State Department lecturer to Egypt in 1993 and a Fellow in the Humanities Institute, University College, Dublin. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by the State University of New York in 2002.

 

Celine Kennelly

Celine Kennelly

Executive Director, San Francisco Irish Immigration Pastoral Center

A native of Moyvane, County Kerry in southwestern Ireland, Celine Kennelly is Executive Director of the San Francisco Irish Immigration Pastoral Center (IIPC), a non-profit organization assisting Irish immigrants in San Francisco and the Bay Area. She is also Chair of the San Francisco Immigrant Rights Commission and President of the Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers. Kennelly is a fierce advocate for undocumented immigrants and changing an immigration system that she says makes it nearly impossible for immigrants to work or live in the United States.

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Kennelly is the recipient of several awards and recognitions, including “Woman of the Year” for the 12th Assembly District, SF Commission on the Status of Women’s “Women’s History Month Award,” the Irish Voice’s “50 Most Influential Irish Women in the U.S.” award; and the “Service Partner Award” for Catholic Charities. She is also an accomplished singer who is often invited to perform at Irish community celebrations. She holds a BMus Honors Music degree from the University of County Cork, Ireland, College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences.
Niall O'Dowd

Niall O'Dowd

Founder, Irish America, Irish Voice and IrishCentral.com

Niall is the Founder of IrishCentral as well as of Irish America Magazine and the Irish Voice Newspaper. He is also responsible for publishing IrishCentral.com community newspaper and The Irish Emigrant newspaper, in Boston.  Niall was presented with a Presidential Distinguished Services Award in 2014 by President Michael D Higgins, for his contribution to Ireland and to Irish communities abroad.

 

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He founded the Wall Street 50 awards, the Top 100 Irish Americans, the Business 100 and more recently the Top 50 Women in Business and the Irish Legal 100 awards.

Niall was awarded an honorary doctorate by University College Dublin for his work on the Irish peace process, which was a subject of a book, “Daring Diplomacy” and a PBS Special, “An Irish Voice.”Niall is the co-founder of Irish America magazine as well as the founder of the Irish Voice Newspaper and Irishcentral.com and publishes Home and Away. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by University College Dublin for his work on the Irish peace process which was a subject of a book Daring Diplomacy and a PBS Special An Irish Voice.

 

Panel 2:

Priorities for Next Administration

 

 

Jack Horgan-Jones

Jack Horgan-Jones

Business Correspondent, The Sunday Business Post

Jack Horgan-Jones is Business Correspondent with The Sunday Business Post. A regular contributor to current affairs broadcasting in Ireland, he has extensively covered issues surrounding taxation, Foreign Direct Investment, the legacy of the economic collapse, and all aspects of the business environment in Ireland.

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He is also a lead contributor on Ireland for the Economist Intelligence Unit. Prior to joining The Sunday Business Post, he led business coverage for national news website TheJournal.ie. A Dublin native, he holds a BA in History and an MA in Media and International Conflict from University College Dublin’s Clinton Institute.
Caitriona Perry

Caitriona Perry

Washington Correspondent, RTE

Caitríona Perry is an award-winning Irish journalist.  She’s worked as a broadcast news correspondent since 2000 and is currently Washington Correspondent for Ireland’s national public service broadcaster, RTÉ, where she works across television, radio and digital platforms. 

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She has significant editorial experience and has previously worked as a news anchor, presenter,  documentary maker, producer, and programme editor.  She has won awards for her television and radio reportage, including most recently a National Justice Media Merit Award for TV News in June 2015. She has an Undergraduate Degree in Journalism (2002) and a Masters Degree in International Relations (2010), both awarded by Dublin City University, which recently named her as one of the University’s distinguished alumni.

 

Tom Wright

Tom Wright

Fellow, Brookings Institute

Thomas Wright is fellow and director of the Project on International Order and Strategy, as well as a fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe, at the Brookings Institution. Previously, he was executive director of studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a lecturer at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and senior researcher for the Princeton Project on National Security.

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Wright has a doctorate from Georgetown University, a Master of Philosophy from Cambridge University, and a bachelor’s and master’s from University College Dublin. He has also held a pre-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and a post doctoral fellowship at Princeton University.

His current projects include the future of U.S. alliances and strategic partnerships, the geopolitical consequences of the euro crisis, U.S. relations with rising powers, and multilateral diplomacy.

 

Donal Donovan

Donal Donovan

Adjunct Professor of Economics, University of Limerick

Donal Donovan is adjunct Professor of Economics at the University of Limerick. He holds a B.A ( Mod) from Trinity College Dublin and a PhD in Economics from the University of British Columbia, with a speciality in monetary and international economics. Dr. Donovan has spent almost 30 years with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) dealing with country specific policy issues in many regions of the world. 

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Donal was a member of the team that prepared the report by the Governor of the Central Bank on the Irish Banking Crisis and was a Senior Expert to the Nyberg Commission dealing with the same subject. He has contributed widely in the Irish media on the current euro debt crisis and Irish bail out. In June 2011, Dr. Donovan was appointed by the Government as a member of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council. He is the co author with Antoin E Murphy of The Fall of the Celtic Tiger: Ireland and the Euro Debt Crisis (2013, Oxford University Press.
 

Evening Reception:

 

 

Martin Dyar

Martin Dyar

Poet

Born in Sligo, Martin Dyar grew up in Swinford in County Mayo. A graduate of NUIG and TCD, his poetry has received a number of honours, including the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2009, and the Strokestown International Poetry Award in 2001. In 2010 he was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series.  He has also been a writer in residence at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.

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His debut collection, Maiden Names, published by Arlen House, was shortlisted for the 2014 Piggott Prize. He has received two Arts Council Literature Bursary Awards, the most recent in 2013.