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Patrick Griffin: 'Chasing Yankee Sullivan: The Irish, Boxing, and New York’

6:00pm - 7:00pm / Thursday 10th February 2022
Type: Lecture / Category: Department
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The Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool, is delighted to welcome Patrick Griffin (Madden-Hennebry Professor of History; Thomas Moore and Judy Livingston Director, Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies) for a public lecture on 10 February 2022. Professor Griffin's talk will explore the fistic and political culture of Five Points New York by focusing on one of the areas most notable combatants: Yankee Sullivan. It will also explore the interpretive possibilities of studying fighters in the context of the Irish diaspora and the fluid political world of 1840s New York.

Patrick Griffin:

Griffin’s research explores the intersection of colonial American and early modern Irish and British history, focusing on Atlantic-wide themes and dynamics. He has published work on the movement of peoples and cultures across the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the process of adaptation. He also examines the ways in which Ireland, Britain and America were linked during the 17th and 18th centuries. He has studied revolution and rebellion, movement and migration, and colonization and violence in each society in comparative perspective.

Griffin, who holds a PhD from Northwestern University, is the author of several books, including The Townshend Moment: The Making of Empire and Revolution in the Eighteenth Century (Yale University Press, 2017), a chronicle of two British brothers who helped incite revolution in America and insurgency and reform in Ireland, and The People with No Name: Ireland’s Ulster Scots, America’s Scots Irish, and the Creation of a British Atlantic World (Princeton University Press, 2001). He also is editor of Experiencing Empire: Power, People, and Revolution in Early America (University of Virginia Press, 2017).

Griffin is the recipient of several awards, including grants and fellowships from the American Council for Learned Societies (2004-2005), the Huntington Library (2015), the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (1997), and the Filson Historical Society (2001). He joined the Notre Dame faculty in 2008 and served as chair of the Department of History from 2011-2017. He recently was honored with the James A. Burns, C.S.C., Graduate School Award for his numerous contributions to graduate studies.