The City of Homes – The Irish in Brooklyn
A Lecture by Dr. Stephen Sullivan
Saturday, March 14, 2015, at 12 noon
at The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral
on Mott Street between Prince and Houston Streets
The unique experiences of Irish people in the Borough of Kings will be discussed by Dr. Stephen Sullivan on Saturday, May 23 at 2:00 p.m. in the McCloskey meeting room, Parish House of the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, 263 Mulberry Street, Manhattan. A reception will follow.
Before 1898, Brooklyn at times was the second largest city in the United States. Even today it is the most populous borough in the City. Brooklyn also retains a distinctive and (some say) assertive culture. Since the mid-1800s the Irish in this “borough of churches” have exerted a major influence on its way of life. Simultaneously, Brooklyn has provided refuge and opportunities to Irish immigrants and their descendants seeking better ways of life. In doing so, it has impacted the Irish who settled and worked there.
On May 23, Dr. Stephen Sullivan, a long-time Roundtable member, will discuss “The City of Homes – The Irish in New York Brooklyn.” The illustrated talk will be based on recent research for his extensive Columbia University dissertation,”’A Social History of the Brooklyn Irish,” completed under the direction of Kenneth T. Jackson. Other influences include research done in connection with his courses at Columbia and Barnard College that focus on New York City history including the roles of immigrant Irish women and the Irish in communities such as Manhattan’s Seneca Village, the Lower East Side, and Brooklyn itself.
Dr. Stephen Sullivan has four degrees in history from Columbia University. He has been honored numerous times as one of the nation’s top high school teachers by groups such as the Organization of American Historians, the National Teachers Hall of Fame, the Walt Disney American Teacher Award Program, and the U.S. Department of Education. He is known for the success of his students in research competitions like the Intel Science Talent Search, the National Endowment for the Humanities Younger Scholars program, and American Psychological Association poster sessions. Stephen Sullivan’s work has been published in journals such as New York Irish History and the Journal of Urban History.
A Coffee/Tea Reception to Follow
Suggested Donation: $5