School of English, Choctaw Nation (OK) and International Office
Speakers: Chief Gary Batton, Choctaw Nation (OK) Deanna L. Byrd, Choctaw Nation (OK) Éadaoin Regan, School of English and Digital Humanities Leanna Howe and Dr Padraig Kirwan, Authors of Famine Pots: The Choctaw–Irish Gift Exchange, 1847–Present Chairs Professor Claire Connolly, School of English and Digital Humanities Professor Lee Jenkins, School of English and Digital Humanities
30 March - 1pm CST / 7pm GMT
Since 1847 there have been strong links between Cork and Choctaw Nation due to their Gift, most recently acknowledged through the commemorative sculpture 'Kindred Spirits' (2015)designed by Alex Pentek and placed in Middleton. In addition, it has been acknowledged through the Choctaw Scholarship announced in 2018 and most recently Leanna Howe and Padraig Kirwan published 'Famine Pots: The Choctaw–Irish Gift Exchange, 1847–Present' which documented the historical and cultural events and significance this event. Since then, the School has seen Choctaw Scholars graduate from the department, further underlining the connection between us. This event aims to open up a wider collaborative network between the School, Choctaw Nation, and UCC itself.