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Celebrating Recent Work by Emily Bloom and Hidetaka Hirota

April 27
6:00 pm
- 8:00 pm

Free and open to the public. No registration necessary. First come, first seated.

The Wireless Past
Anglo-Irish Writers and the BBC, 1931-1968

by Emily Bloom

Oxford Mid-Century Studies Series

  • Chronicles the emergence of the British Broadcasting Corporation as a significant promotional platform and aesthetic influence for Irish modernism.
  • Draws on original archival research, giving readers access to previously unpublished manuscripts, letters, and radio typescripts.
  • Situates W. B. Yeats, Elizabeth Bowen, Louis MacNeice, and Samuel Beckett in the context of the media environments that shaped their works.

Expelling the Poor
Atlantic Seaboard States and the Nineteenth-Century Origins of American Immigration Policy

by Hidetaka Hirota

​Oxford University Press

  • First sustained study of immigration control conducted by states prior to the introduction of federal immigration law in the late nineteenth century.
  • Argues that the origins of American immigration control were in cultural prejudice against the Irish and, more essentially, economic concerns about their poverty, rather than anti-Asian racism.
  • Challenges long-standing idea that immigration was unregulated prior to passage of federal immigration legislation.
  • Connects nativist politics to US deportation policy.
  • Includes immigrants’ post-deportation experiences in Europe.


Heyman Center for the Humanities – Common Room, 2nd floor
74 Morningside Dr
New York, NY 10027 United States
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