Tea, coffee, and lunch will be available both days.
DAY 1: (May 22), Archives of Ontario, Spragge Classroom
9:30 Welcoming remarks
9:45-11 Keynote 1: Mark McGowan (University of Toronto), Suffer the Children: Finding the Irish Famine Orphans in the British North American Colonies
11:15-12:30 Paper Session 1: Resettlement and Remembrance
- Laura Smith (Ireland Park Foundation), The Burial and Commemoration of Deceased Irish Famine migrants on the Burlington Heights, Hamilton, Canada West
- William Jenkins (York University), Exploring Hidden and Unhidden Irelands in Toronto in the 1850s and 1860s
Tour: Archives of Ontario lunchtime tour and exposition of Hawke Papers
2:15-4:00 Paper Session 2: Famine Experiences and Narratives
- Jason King (Irish Heritage Trust), Unpublished Irish Famine Journals in Ontario: A Preview of a Virtual Exhibit
- Robert Grace (Université Laval), The Famine Irish in Quebec City: After the Shock
- Max Smith (York University), Toronto’s Temporary Lunatic Asylum and Famine Immigrants, 1841-1850
5:00-9:00 Great Famine Voices Roadshow Oral History Workshop and Reception. Madden Hall, St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto. Host: Irish Heritage Trust and Irish National Famine Museum.
DAY 2: (May 23), Archives of Ontario, Spragge Classroom.
9.00 Breakfast and Registration
9:30-11:15 Paper Session 3: Creating Famine Memory
- Robert Kearns (Ireland Park Foundation), Ireland Park Foundation and the Unveiling of Dr. George Robert Grasett Park
- Dan Horner (Ryerson University), Irish Famine Migration and the Making of an Orderly Urban Landscape in Montreal
- Colin McMahon (York University), “‘A People without Ancestry’?: Great Famine Memory in Montreal and Boston at the turn of the 20th Century”
11:30-12:30. Documentary Screening: The Famine Irish and Canada’s First Responders., introduced by Kevin Moynihan
1:30-3:00. Play: Emigrants, by Rose Marie Stanley
3:15-3:30. Closing discussion.
Field Trip to Ireland Park (Eireann Quay)
7:00-11:00. Reception at Biagio Ristorante, 155 King Street East, downtown Toronto. http://www.biagioristorante.com/
7:30-8:15. Keynote 2. Booker Prize-nominated author Michael Collins pre-dinner reading about his Irish Diaspora Run in the footsteps of the Famine Irish in Canada.