Author John Kelly is set to present How the Irish Famine Invented the Modern World Feb. 15 at the Lewis Center for the Arts’ James M. Stewart ’32 Theater. (Photo by Laura Pedrick)

A lecture part of Princeton University’s Fund for Irish Studies is set for Feb. 15.

Author John Kelly is scheduled to present How the Irish Famine Invented the Modern World 4:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at Lewis Center for the Arts’ James M. Stewart ’32 Theater, 185 Nassau Street, Princeton.

Kelly’s most recent book, The Graves Are Walking: The Great Famine and the Saga of the Irish People, is about the events and circumstances surrounding the Great Irish Potato Famine. The book was a New York Times Editor’s Choice and selected as a Cultural Highlight of 2012 by The Irish Times.

In his lecture, Kelly will discuss the ways the Great Famine of the 1840s was a definitive force in the shaping of the modern world and what that historical event can tell us about starvation and food distribution today. Additionally, he will examine the effects of the famine in Ireland, Britain and the rest of mid-19th-century Europe.

The lecture is part of a series by the Fund for Irish Studies. The funds mission is to provide students and the community a deeper sense of of the language, literature, drama, visual art, history, politics and economics of Ireland.

Upcoming lectures in the series include Fintan O’Toole, who will present the annual Robert Fagles Memorial Lecture on Three Irish Heresies March 8. 2012 Tony Award-winner Enda Walsh is set to speak April 5. Len Graham and Brian O’Hairt of In Two Minds: Songs, Music and Dance from the Irish Tradition are set to perform April 12. And R.F. Foster is set to present Making a Revolutionary Generation in Ireland, 1890-1916 on April 19.

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