Friday, February 17, 2006

Hi from Jamaica, Irish in Omaha, Kudos to Kerby Miller


WGT's Culture Editor Patricia Jameson-Sammartano reporting …

NEW YORK -- Congratulations to Kerby A. Miller of the University of Missouri, Columbia. Miller is a 2006 recipient of a Guggenheim Award for his research on the topic of Religious Demography and Conflict in Ireland, 1659-1926. The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation awards grants to scholars whose work treats aspects of violence and aggression, presuming that knowledge is the key to managing aggression and eradicating violence from our personal and international relations.

Miller’s previous works have included "Emigrants and Exiles: Ireland and the Irish Exodus to North America," a collection of letters, diaries, journals, memoirs, songs, poems and folklore of the ordinary Irish emigrant based upon primary sources; it is a story of those exiles (deorai) based upon extensive primary source research, "Out of Ireland: The Story of Irish Emigration to America" (both the book and the video, with Paul Wagner), "Journey of Hope: The Story of Irish Immigration to America" (an interactive history, written with his wife, Patricia Mulholland Miller), and "Irish Immigrants in the Land of Canaan : Letters and Memoirs from Colonial and Revolutionary America, 1675-1815" (also based on primary source research, and co-edited with Arnold Schrier, Bruce D. Boling, and David N. Doyle). He co-edited "Irish Popular Culture, 1650-1850" with James S. Donnelly, and has written and spoken extensively on the Irish Diaspora in America. Miller is considered one of the leading scholars in the field of Irish emigration to America.

We look forward to Miller’s research on the topic of Religious Demography and Conflict in Ireland, 1659-1926. -- PJS


WGT's Nebraska Correspondent Jack Murphy alerts us that Omaha's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade will be held this year Saturday, March 11, stepping off at 11 a.m. Check out There's a lot going on there


Tin whistle teacher Bill Ochs is leading a free workshop at The Irish
Arts Center, 553 W. 51st St., Manhattan (between 10th and 11th Ave.), on Sunday, March 12, 12:45-1:45 p.m. For reservations, call Ochs at (212) 247-3231 or e-mail him at


WGT's San Diego-based correspondent Rob Mullally authored a popular three-part series for WGT on the Irish in Jamaica. He sends us this item from his mailbox, with the subject line: Hi, It's Giovanni Francis, IRISH Jamaican.

Hi how are you? my name is Giovanni. I am Anglo-Scot's, Irish, Portuguese and Black decent from Jamaica Manchester. I was wondering are you going to do any more articles on the Irish In JAMAICA?(image placeholder)

Giovanni, we have no immediate plans on addressing the topic, but it is clearly a rich one, and we hope to revisit the subject within the next few years.


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