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Irish Teachers to Meet
November 19, 2008
From the Hob by Paul Keating
SINCE 1976 the American Irish Teachers Association (AITA) of New York have been hosting a conference in New York City where presenters are invited to shed light and knowledge on aspects of Irish history, literature, music, art and culture for an audience of educators and those outside the profession with the interest in the chosen topics.
The annual sessions coming up this Saturday, November 22 (this is the 33rd annual conference) are held at the Liederkranz Club (6 East 87th Street on Manhattan’s Upper East Side) lasting the whole day inclusive of lectures, luncheon and social networking time. They also include some vendors.
The focus this year is on traditional Irish music, and three presentations will be given during the day that would be of interest to readers here. Beginning with an introduction by Doris Meyer, the president of the AITA at 10 a.m., the panels begin with Dr. Mick Moloney’s talk on “Irish Traditional Music: From the Country to the City,” describing how the native music of Irish traveled from poor rural firesides in Ireland to some of the most well-known stages around the world.
Following that at 11:35 a.m. will be current doctoral student and journalist Earle Hitchner’s lecture on “Unskirting the Issue: Vital and Revitalizing Contributions of Women Performers in Irish Traditional Music” producing a fascinating “Herstory.”
After feeding the mind and body on Saturday morning, your humble correspondent has been asked to present a picture of the impact of the Catskills Irish Arts Week on the Irish American resort town of East Durham in the afternoon session starting at 2:30 p.m. My survey is entitled “There’s Life in the Old Town Yet: How the Irish American Resort Town of East Durham Has Become a Traditional Crossroads Where History Is Not Just a Thing of the Past.”
Prior registration was required at $30 which will be raised to $35 at the door to the general public (which includes tea, coffee and soda bread for breakfast but not the hot lunch buffet, which was a separate ticket in advance but late attendees can always brown bag it). Additional information can be obtained at 718-945-9279 or at 516-766-7410.
Looking forward to some interesting discussions and a good crowd there on Saturday.
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