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This edition: Season Five, #3

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Episode Details

Original tape date: January 21, 2006.

Disease… Starvation… Mass Eviction… All were the conditions facing Ireland’s impoverished population during the Great Irish Potato Famine at the end of the 19th century. To help raise awareness about the famine and how it relates to issues of poverty and hunger in the world today, The City University of New York’s Institute for Irish American Studies is working with New York Public School Teachers to help introduce the famine into their school’s curriculum. Part of this was having the Irish Institute take these teachers to Ireland, to take a course and visit the actual famine sites. So sit back and enjoy the trip… as CUNY takes you to the Emerald Isle.
Music by Joanie Madden & Cherish the Ladies. Special thanks to: Ulster American Folk Park - Northern Ireland, Strokestown Park and Famine Museum, Carrick-on-Shannon Workhouse & St. Pat's Hospital, Kilmainham Jail - Ireland, High School for Teaching and the Professions - New York City.

Guest List

Faith Arner Teacher

Ciaran Barry Kilmainham Jail

Elaine Ni Bhraonáin Program Coordinator, Institute for Irish-American Studies/CUNY

Martin Burke Professor, Lehman/Graduate Center/CUNY

Kofo Coker Teacher

Eileen Dawn Teacher

Patricia McGivern Teacher

Effie Milhalitsianos Teacher

Hilary Mulholland Employee, Ulster American Folk Park

Maureen Murphy Professor, Hofstra University

John O'Driscoll General Manager, Strokestown Park and Famine Museum

Valerie Sorrie Employee, Ulster American Folk Park

Sarah Stern Teacher