Barry McCrea to lead a series on Ireland's Generation X

Author: Mary Hendriksen

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Baby Boomers, Generation X, Generation Y, Generation Z, Millennials . . . The names can, at times, be a confusing list of generational cohorts. The point, however, is to capture in shorthand form a description of the historical events and cultural forces that have shaped people born in a certain span of years.

Faculty Fellow Barry McCrea, the Donald R. Keough Family Professor of Irish Studies and Professor of English, Irish Language and Literature, and Romance Languages and Literatures, is leading a new series featuring conversations with writers and artists belonging to Generation X.

“Generation X," he says, "describes the group of people born between 1965 and 1985, a generation caught between Baby Boomers and Millennials characterized by anti-establishment slacker culture, cynicism, irony, and—after the global economic crash—negative equity. An American term describing American lives, the moniker perhaps fails to accurately represent the experience of those who came of age during the '80s and '90s in Ireland. This series invites artists and writers who grew up in an Ireland shaped by the Troubles, social justice movements, EU membership, the Peace Process, and the Celtic Tiger, to share their work and reflect on the social and cultural influences at home and abroad that shaped them."


The first two conversations will occur in the Fall 2020 semester in webinar formatwith authors Colum McCann on October 28, 2:00 p.m. EST and Belinda McKeon on December 2.

The Institute is purchasing each author's latest book for the first 30 undergraduate and graduate Notre Dame Irish Studies minors who register for the webinar. [Contact: Mary Hendriksen, at]. For Colum McCann, it is his newest work, Apeirogon.

Read more about the inaugural event in the Ireland's Generation X ? series, a conversation between Professor McCrea and award-winning novelist Colum McCann, and register for the webinar.