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Ambasada Irlandii, Polskie Towarzystwo Historyczne, Instytut Historii Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego and Instytut Neofilologii Uniwersytetu Pedagogicznego w Krakowie warmly invite you to an open lecture: Paweł Strzelecki & the Great Irish Famine by Professor Peter Gray (Queen's University Belfast) and Dr. Emily Mark-Fitzgerald (University College Dublin), co-authors of an exhibition: "A Forgotten Polish Hero of the Great Irish Famine: Paul Strzelecki's Struggle to Save Thousands".

Peter Gray is Professor of Modern Irish History at Queen's University Belfast. He was Head of the School of History and Anthropology 2010-15 and has been Director of the Institute of Irish Studies at QUB since 2016. Professor Gray specializes in the history of British-Irish relations c.1800-70, especially the political history of the Great Famine of 1845-50 and the politics of poverty and land in the nineteenth century. Selected publications include The making of the Irish poor law 1815-43 (Manchester UP, 2009); Famine, land and politics: British government and Irish society 1843-1850 (Irish Academic Press, 1999); The Irish Famine (Thames & Hudson, 1995).

Emily Mark-FitzGerald is Associate Professor in the School of Art History and Cultural Policy at University College Dublin, where her research concerns Irish art history, visual culture, museum/heritage studies and cultural policy from the 19th c. - present. Since 2014 she has represented Art History on the Historical Studies Committee of the Royal Irish Academy. From 2009-18 she served as one of the Directors of the Irish Museums Association, and is a current board member of Arts and Disability Ireland. Her publications include The Great Irish Famine: Visual and Material Culture (coedited, Liverpool UP, 2018) and Commemorating the Irish Famine: Memory and the Monument (Liverpool UP, 2013).

The event will be held in English. It will be followed by a reception with light refreshments.

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