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“The Irish Vampire” Coming to Fisher


“The Irish Vampire” Coming to Fisher

Who knew that vampires shared the luck of the Irish? Just in time for Halloween, the Irish Studies Program, with support from the New York Council for Humanities, will host “The Irish Vampire: Bram Stoker and the Continuing Influence of Dracula” on Monday, October 28, from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Golisano Gateway Midlevel. The conference is free and open to the public.

The one-day multidisciplinary event will explore the life and influence of the Irish novelist, Bram Stoker, and his immortal 1897 work, Dracula. The event will include a variety of presentations on the origin of the novel and its connection to Irish culture and politics.

Featured presenters will includes faculty and staff from Fisher, Erie Community College, LeMoyne College, University at Buffalo, and Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland). A viewing of the 1992 movie, “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” will be shown at the conclusion of the event.

The full schedule is as follows:

  • 9:05-10:00 a.m.: Dr. Tim Madigan (Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Irish Studies Program): “‘The Irish Vampire’: The Use of Vampire Imagery in Irish Political History.”
  • 10:10-11:05 a.m.: Mary Bridgeman (Doctorate Candidate at The Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies and The School of English, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland): “Complex Subjects in Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, and True Blood.”
  • 11:15 a.m.-12:10 p.m.: Glenn Odden (Adjunct Professor of English at Erie Community College in Buffalo): “Early Adaptations of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula.”
  • 12:20-1:15 p.m.: Lunch Break
  • 1:25-2:20 p.m.: Joseph Valente (Distinguished Professor of English and Disability Studies and Director of Graduate Admissions, University at Buffalo) will discuss his book Dracula’s Crypt: Bram Stoker, Irishness, and the Question of Blood, which unearths the Irish roots of Bram Stoker’s gothic masterpiece, offering a fresh interpretation of the author’s relationship to his novel and to the politics of blood that consume its characters.
  • 2:30-3:25 p.m.: Dr. Gregory Cunningham (Associate Professor of Biology): “The Biology of Homo Vampiris.”
  • 3:35-4:30 p.m.: Jeff Fredericks (System Administrator, Office of Information Technology): “Dracula in Popular Culture.”
  • 4:40-5:35 p.m.: Kathleen Costello-Sullivan (Associate Professor of English and Director of the Irish Literature Program at Le Moyne College): “Carmilla, Dracula’s Older Sister.”
  • 5:35-6:15 p.m.: Dinner Break
  • 6:15-9:00 p.m.: The 1992 movie “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” will also be shown. Introduced by Father Joe Lanzalaco, CSB. Discussion will follow.

For information, please contact Dr. Tim Madigan at (585) 385-5259 or tmadigan@sjfc.edu.

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