History 246 - May Term Travel Course
“By Force, By Famine, and by Fabled Story”:
Irish Emigration to the U.S.
GEN ED: Cultural and Historical Change
DESCRIPTION: Between 1815 and 1920, five and a half million Irish emigrated from Ireland to the
United States, a number unequalled by any other European nationality. This emigration
(or exile, as the Irish more often referred to it) had an enormous impact on American
society, of course, but it had just as significant an impact on Irish society, both
demographically and culturally.
In a two-week stay in Ireland at the Allihies Language and Arts Centre, Beara Peninsula,
County Cork, students will live with host families and study together the historical,
cultural, musical and literary impact of Irish emigration on both the Irish in Ireland
and in the United States. These studies will be supplemented by the presentations
of visiting Irish scholars and artists, as well as visits to local sites that are
steeped in the history of the Great Famine and emigration.
Before we arrive in Allihies, we will travel the West of Ireland, an area with a rich
sense of Gaelic and Irish history. Our trip will include several days in Galway,
from where we will explore 19th-century Irish history, including trips to the Irish
Famine Museum in Strokestown, the National Famine Memorial at Croagh Patrick, and
the Aran Islands. We will then move on to the Dingle peninsula where we will explore
the Irish musical traditions and visit the Blasket Islands.
TRAVEL DATES: Depart Tuesday, May 6; Return Thursday, May 29.
SPRING: We will be meeting as a group three or four times during spring semester to prepare
for the course and for the trip.
COSTS: The estimated cost of the trip is $5370. The cost includes a round-trip, non-stop
flight from Chicago to Shannon; all group transportation within Ireland; room and
board for two weeks in Allihies; rooms and breakfast for the travel portion of the
course; some group dinners; and all entrance fees and tickets to group activities;
and several IWU administrative fees.
SIGNING UP: Please call and/or come by my office (CLA 216) to pick up an application form ASAP.
They will be due back to the May Term office on November 5, along with a short statement
letting me know why you want to take this course. Office phone #: 3414; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; office hours: MWF, 10-11; TTH, 10-11.