FREDERICK DOUGLASS IN IRELAND
Saturday, October 13th
Los Gatos Library
12pm to 1.15pm
Monday, October 15th
Meet the artists
Friday, October 12th
5pm to 7pm
Montalvo Arts Center
Nathan Richardson is an accomplished performance poet and published author. He has published two collections, “Likeness of Being” and “Twenty-one Imaginary T-shirts,” as well as contributed to several different poetry anthologies. He is well-known for his portrayal of Frederick Douglass on his project, The Frederick Douglass Speaking Tour. Nathan as Frederick
Frederick Douglass in Ireland focuses on the time Douglass spent in Ireland from 1845 to 1846, exploring his life-long relationship with the country and the legacy of Douglass’s work.
The abolitionist leader and activist for international human rights, Douglass never forgot his time in Ireland and playfully referred to himself as the black Daniel O’Connell, the Irish political leader fighting for the country’s emancipation from Britain during Douglass’s time.
“For the first time in his life he felt truly free,” Kinealy said of Douglass’s visit to Ireland. “Abolition was very strong there because Ireland had been a colony and Catholics had suffered not having basic civil rights, so there was an empathy he felt between the oppressed poor Irish people and poor oppressed slave,” with Douglass making a distinction that the Irish were oppressed and poor but they were not slaves, Kinealy said.
Christine Kinealy is an historian and authority on Irish history, as well as the founding director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. She is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, where she completed her doctorate on the introduction of the Poor Law to Ireland. She has published extensively on the impact of the Great Irish Famine and has lectured on the relationship between poverty and famine in India, Spain, Canada, France, Finland and New Zealand. Kinealy was named one of the most influential Irish Americans in 2011 by “Irish America” Magazine and in 2014 she was inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame.
Sponsored by the Consulate General of Ireland