Celtic Studies Speakers Series

Celtic Studies Speakers Series

Celtic Studies Speakers Series



Celtic Studies Speakers Series

Date: Nov 17 Time: 6 pm - 8 pm

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Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 6 p.m.


Charbonnel Lounge, Elmsley Hall

St Michael's College, 81 St Mary Street


"The Invisible Irish"


a talk by

Dr. Rankin Sherling


followed by the launch of Dr. Sherling’s book

The Invisible Irish: Finding Protestants in the Nineteenth-Century Migrations to America


Though vast and voluminous, the historiography of Irish migration is loudly mute on a major portion of that migration: it tells us nothing of the contours of nineteenth-century Irish Protestant migration to America. This is in spite of the fact that one fabled Irish Protestant group, commonly known in the United States as the “Scotch-Irish,” are the most studied immigrant group of eighteenth-century America. Rankin Sherling discusses the problems that have created this historiographical silence on Irish Protestant migration in the nineteenth century and through creative use of the available data, suggests for the first time what the overall shape of Irish Presbyterian migration to America in the nineteenth century looked like.
Rankin Sherling received his B.A. and M.A. in history from the University of Mississippi and his Ph.D. at Queen’s University in Kingston, where he studied under D.H. Akenson. He has taught history at Queen’s, Atlanta Metropolitan State College, and is currently teaching at the military college of Alabama, Marion Military Institute.  He is on the Executive Committee of the Canadian Catholic Historical Association.


Free Admission                

For information email: celtic.studies@utoronto.ca


This lecture is made possible by grants from the Irish Cultural Society of Toronto and McGill-Queen’s University Press

Event Details

Date: Nov 17

Time: 6 pm - 8 pm