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ACIS is pleased to partner with Ireland’s Embassy in Washington and Consulates across the US to present ‘‘The Ambassador’s Hour’’, a series of digital seminars profiling important new work by ACIS members. Through the fall and early winter months, Ambassador Daniel Mulhall  invites you to join us in celebrating three essential new publications.

On 28 October, as part of Ireland’s Black History Month, we launch Professor Christine Kinealy’s Black Abolitionists in Ireland, a history of the remarkable links between the American and Irish anti-slavery movements. As part of the event, we’ll also be screening, for the first time, a new short film, commissioned by the Embassy and created by the African American Irish Diaspora Network, celebrating the 175th anniversary of Frederick Douglass’s historic Irish tour. The launch is the first of a new series, the Ambassador’s hour, on which the Embassy and ACIS are partnering to celebrate important new work by ACIS members. Register to join us here.

On 13 November, we celebrate two of the most ambitious works of Irish studies in recent years – Cambridge University Press’s six volume Irish Literature in Transition, 1700-2020  and The New Irish Studies, edited by Professor Paige Reynolds. More information on that event can be found here.

Finally, in December, we close a dark year by reflecting on one of its most uplifting stories, the enduring connection between Ireland and the First Nations, dating to the Choctaw’s collection for the victims of the Irish famine in 1847. The transcendent story is captured in Famine Pots, a new volume of essays edited by Professor LeAnne Howe and Dr Pádraig Kirwan, and featuring contributions by many ACIS members. Details of all three events will be posted here and Embassy of Ireland’s websites in the coming days.