Wilkes University Presents Lecture on Irish Americans in the 19th Century On Nov. 3Wilkes University is presenting the lecture "How Irish Immigrants Became Irish Americans: Immigration, Nativism, and Contested Loyalties in 19th-century America." The presenter will be Ian Delahanty, an expert on American history and professor at Springfield College in Massachusetts. The lecture will take place Nov. 3 from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Miller Room of the Henry Student Center. The lecture is being sponsored by Wilkes University’s History Department in the division of global history and languages.
Delahanty is assistant professor of history in the social sciences department at Springfield College. He teaches classes on American history, immigration and ethnic history, the Civil War and African American history. His research investigates the intersections between immigration, slavery, and the American Civil War, and his current project focuses on how Irish immigrants' backgrounds in and connections to Ireland influenced their views on slavery and nationalism in the Civil War era. Delahanty received his doctorate in American history from Boston College in 2013.