Students and Alums Present at Irish Studies Conference

Students and Alums Present at Irish Studies Conference
Jordan Brown, History major
On October 10th and 11th, George Mason University hosted the Annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference of the American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS).   The conference organizer was Laura McCloskey, an alum of our department’s Art History major.   McCloskey, who has her M.A. in Irish Studies from Catholic University, also presented a paper, “Tracing Irish Identity through Contemporary Irish Art.”  Three of our current students also presented their scholarship at the conference.  Christopher Reed, who received his History BA in 2006 and is now working on his Art History BA, presented the paper “Invaders Looking for Funds: The Use of Irish Cultural Identity in the Age of the Viking.” Jordan Brown, a History major who is also double-majoring in Neuroscience, presented the paper  “A Terrible Beauty is Born: Tracing the Epigenetic Impact of Irish Troubles.”  Juliann Boyles, current MA student, presented the paper “The Quest for Irish Identity in Literature and Film: A Look at the Aran Islands, The Quiet Man, and The Butcher Boy.” 
 
ACIS is the largest Irish Studies association in the United States.  This year’s conference here at Mason was headlined by a keynote address from Kevin Comny, the Deputy Head of Mission at the Irish Embassy in Washington, D.C.