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Bucknell professors to

explore Molly Maguire history

Bucknell professors Adrian Mulligan (geography) and John Rickard (English) will explore Molly Maguire history, from considerations of Irishness and labor organization in a transatlantic context to the development of community heritage and family histories, from noon to 12:50 p.m. on Thursday.

This brown-bag event will be held in the atrium lobby of the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. A sample of food inspired by the anthracite coal region — “hand pies” or Cornish pasties — will be offered.

Prof. Mulligan will provide context for Molly Maguire activities by tracing the displacement of a tradition of anti-colonial protest from rural Ireland though a network of diasporic routes to various urban and industrial locations across the late 19th-century Atlantic world. One of these locations was Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal region, where trade unionism overlapped with ethnicity, where the Irish faced discrimination and some fell back upon old traditions, and where powerful interest groups attempted to counter the threat posed by organized labor.

Prof. Rickard will discuss the Pennsylvania context for the alleged Molly Maguires in historical and personal terms. He will talk about coming from an Irish-American family based in Pittsburgh that, according to his grandfather, is related to Michael Lawler, allegedly the Molly Maguire “Division Master” in Shenandoah.

Poet and writer to give reading at LHU

LOCK HAVEN — Prize winning poet and writer, Harriet Levin Millan, will give a reading and talk at Lock Haven University at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Multipurpose Room of the Parsons Union Building. She will be joined by Sudanese civil war survivor Michael Majok Kuch. “How Fast Can You Run,” Millan’s forthcoming migrant novel, is based on the true story of Majok Kuch.

According to publisher Harvard Square Edition’s website, ” ‘How Fast Can You Run’ is the inspiring story of Michael Majok Kuch and his journey to find his mother. In 1988, Majok, as a 5-year-old boy, fled his burning village in southern Sudan when the North systematically destroyed it. Majok, along with thousands of other fleeing people, many of them unaccompanied minors, trekked through the wilderness in Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya to arrive at a series of refugee camps where he would live for the next ten years.”

For more information about the novel visit the publisher’s website at, http://harvardsquareeditions.org/portfolio-items/how-fast-can-you-run/.

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