Once a racist cartoon, the “Fighting Irish” now stands as a well-known symbol of both Irish pride and American pride. As historian Patrick Griffin showed Chautauqua Monday morning, a lot can change in a hundred or so years.
Guest column by: Patrick Griffin We are, of course, a nation of immigrants. But we are also a nation of Americans….
Patrick Griffin may teach lecture halls full of Fighting Irish in his classes at the University of Notre Dame, but he will discuss a different kind of Irishmen and women this morning.
Maggie Bonner stands at attention behind the high-definition JVC video camera in the Amphitheater, framing a shot of the podium. Backstage, Jake Walsh tweaks the volume settings on his soundboard as the voice of the morning’s speaker, Cynthia J. Truelove, booms from the speakers above his head. In the muted control room in the basement of the library, Matt Wilson and Steve Rudman finish up the edits on the DVD they’ve made of Patrick Griffin’s lecture from the day before.
Standing under a projection of John Gast’s 1872 painting, “American Progress,” University of Notre Dame historian Patrick Griffin sought to answer one “simple question” for the Amphitheater audience on Monday: what the West meant and means to America.
At 10:45 a.m. today in the Amphitheater, Patrick Griffin, chair of the history department at Notre Dame University, will kick-start Week Five’s theme of “The American West” with a lecture titled “America as Frontier: A View Of Our Past.”
What does the frontier mean for America? We have been told for generations that understanding it is fundamental for coming to terms with white American identity. It helped foster certain sensibilities that can explain individualism, relations to the state, and understandings of other groups.
Chautauqua Institution lecture platforms, artistic programs explore American expansionism in Week Five