To New Yorkers of a century ago, the name Dr. Gertrude B. Kelly was well-known and familiar to many. Born in Ireland but raised in the US, Kelly broke glass ceilings in her lifetime and maintained commitments to Irish matters, as well as activism around other issues. A New York mayor had a New York City playground named after her in the 1930s, but 90 years later her accomplishments had been largely forgotten. This lecture uncovers some of the history of Dr. Kelly as a way to shed light on the concerns of Irish New Yorkers a century ago. Presented by Miriam Nyhan Grey.
Miriam Nyhan Grey is the Director of Graduate Studies, MA in Irish and Irish-American Studies and the Associate Director of the Glucksman Ireland House at New York University. Miriam has an interest in the intersections of migration, race and ethnicity and she focuses primarily on immigrant experiences in comparative frameworks. She has been on faculty at Glucksman Ireland House NYU since 2009, teaching an array of classes on Irish history and migration, oral history and comparative migration. Since 2008, she has been a collaborator on the oral history collection of the Archives of Irish America, at NYU’s Bobst Library, and she has been recording oral histories in Ireland, Britain and the United States since 2000. She hosts the weekly "This Irish American Life" radio hour on public radio on Saturdays from 9am to 10am on WNYE 91.5 FM and on https://nyuirish.net/tial/