Situated within the UC Berkeley Institute of European Studies, the Irish Studies Program was launched in Fall 2016 following a visit by Irish President Michael Higgins to the Berkeley campus. They are building an intellectual community around shared cultural and creative interests in contemporary Ireland and Irish-America.
Supported by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and in partnership with the Consulate General of Ireland to the Western United States, they promote and deepen Irish-American relations in research, culture, diplomacy, and innovation. In addition to fostering scientific cooperation with universities in Ireland, they host public programs and lectures with notable writers, scholars, scientists, entrepreneurs, and artists. Through a focus on Irish business, technology and creativity, they aim to make the program a dynamic hub where culture and innovation meet.
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