Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Art Depicting Ireland’s Great Famine on Display at Kean University

Tragedy & Tribute: Art Illuminates Ireland’s Great Hunger

WHEN: through Friday, December 6.  Regular hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, noon-6 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday 2-8 p.m. 
Human Rights Institute Gallery at Kean University located in the Nancy Thompson Learning Commons at Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union N.J. 07083
ADMISSION: The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public
For more information and to RSVP, email Lauretta Farrell at or call (908) 737-6472.

Ireland’s Great Famine (1845-1849), in which an estimated 1 million people in Ireland died of hunger and another 1 million emigrated from the country, is the subject of an exhibition at Kean University.

The art featured in Tragedy & Tribute: Art Illuminates Ireland’s Great Hunger is on loan from Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University. The works were created by eminent Irish and Irish-American artists of the last two centuries.

“The experience of Irish immigrants parallels that of refugees coming to the United States today,” said Lauretta Farrell, D.Litt, director of the Human Rights Institute at Kean University. “This exhibition helps inform us about the kinds of circumstances that drive people around the world to seek refuge in the United States.”

An Opening Reception will be held on Wednesday, September 25, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Human Rights Institute Gallery. Speaking at the event will be Ryan Mahoney, the executive director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum and Christine Kinealy, Ph.D., founding director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac. .

Special tours are available by appointment. School and community organizations are encouraged to visit, in particular, school groups studying the Irish Famine as part of the New Jersey curriculum on Holocaust and Genocide.

About Kean University
Founded in 1855, Kean University is one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, with a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers and is a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment serving more than 16,000 students. The University’s six undergraduate colleges offer more than 50 undergraduate degrees over a full range of academic subjects. The Nathan Weiss Graduate College offers six doctoral degree programs and more than 80 options for graduate study leading to master’s degrees, professional diplomas or certifications. With campuses in Union, Toms River, Jefferson and Manahawkin, New Jersey, and Wenzhou, China, Kean University furthers its mission by providing an affordable and accessible world-class education. Visit