Poets and Patriots

Friday, April 29, 2016, 7:30 - 9pm

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The gutted General Post Office, Dublin, May(?) 1916. Keogh Brothers Ltd., photographers via National Library of Ireland

The gutted General Post Office, Dublin, May(?) 1916. Keogh Brothers Ltd., photographers via National Library of Ireland

A free, public evening of poetry and music to commemorate the Easter Rising Irish rebellion of 1916.

Ireland's Easter Rising was preceded by a cultural revolution in which The Abbey Theatre was founded "to bring upon the stage the deeper emotions of Ireland." The rebellion itself was led by a group that included many poets. On the centenary of the Rising, in which New York played an important role, the Poetry Society of America presents an extraordinary evening of Irish and American poetry and music.

Spoken word performances will be by Louis de Paor, Timothy Donnelly, Theo Dorgan, Eamon Grennan, John Montague, Paul MuldoonLeanne O'Sullivan and Maria Tucci.

The evening will include music by Mick McAuleySusan McKeown and The Murphy Beds.

This event is sponsored by The Poetry Society of America, CualaNYC, Poet's House, Culture Ireland and The Cooper Union Department of Public Programs.

 

Located in The Great Hall, in the Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.