Message from the Executive Director
Dear Friends,

We are approaching a second St. Patrick’s Day with pandemic restrictions. Many who would be used to traveling across the Atlantic to meeting with their friends, peers, and colleagues, will not this year. While this reflects the continued public health crisis, we found other ways to remain connected and to continue to share outside of meeting in-person.
I hope very much that we will enjoy one another’s company next St. Patrick’s Day in-person in a healthy way. Until then I hope that you will continue to join us digitally. We are proud in particular of the ongoing leadership fireside chats like the Ireland at Boston College Global Leadership Series run in partnership with the Consulate of Ireland in Boston and Northern Ireland at Boston College Global Leadership Series run in partnership with the Northern Ireland Bureau. Please continue to read below for links to those special webinars and podcasts.

We also look forward to “From Whence I Came: The Kennedy Legacy, Ireland and America” where we will be joined by An Taoiseach Micheál Martin, the Honorable Richard Neal, the Honorable Joe Kennedy III, Dr. Alison Meagher, Dr. Brian Murphy, Dr. Donnacha Ó Beacháin, and Dr. Laoise Moore. You can join us for that event on March 15th at 2pm EST (click to register).

Join the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Consulate General of Ireland in Boston, and Embassy of Ireland, USA for a virtual 2021 St. Patrick’s Day celebration with Taoiseach Micheál Martin.

The program will honor the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Friends of Ireland in Congress by Senator Edward M. Kennedy and others and celebrate the launch of “From Whence I Came: The Kennedy Legacy, Ireland and America,” a collection of essays edited by Brian Murphy and Donnacha Ó Beacháin.
The celebration will feature a conversation on the current state of Irish-American affairs with Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Dr. Robert Mauro, Executive Director of the Irish Institute at Boston College. Dr. Mauro will then moderate a conversation on the Kennedy legacy and Ireland with:

• The Honorable Joe Kennedy III, former Massachusetts Congressman
• Dr. Alison Meagher, Deputy Consul General of Ireland in Shanghai
• The Honorable Richard Neal, Chairman, House Ways and Means Committee

Irish American Partnership
2021 St. Patrick's Day Celebration
Monday, March 15, 2021
6:00 PM  - 7:00 PM EST

Honoured guest will be award-winning actor Cillian Murphy. As Patron of the UNESCO Child & Family Research Centre at the National University of Ireland, Galway, Cillian Murphy shares the Partnership’s interest in empowering young people to actively engage in their communities.

You are Invited: Innovating for Cyber Resilience 
You are invited to an international event hosted by Dublin BIC in collaboration with the
US Embassy and Boston College 
Wednesday, March 24th, 2021 
from 1:30pm to 3:30pm (Dublin)
Please join us and our panel of international cybersecurity experts to examine the threats, technologies and innovations shaping the cybersecurity landscape of 2021 and beyond. 
Jeanette Manfra, Director, Government Security and Compliance at Google Cloud
Dr. Mary Aiken, bestselling author of The Cyber Effect and cyber-psychologist
ICYMI: Recent Webinar
Ireland & Global Leadership
Through a European Lens
Ms. Frances Fitzgerald MEP 
March 1, 2021

Ms. Frances Fitzgerald MEP (and host of the podcast "The European Lens") joined us to discuss Ireland's role in the European Union, the European Union's role in Ireland, and global leadership. Ms. Fitzgerald shared her view of the Irish public's relationship with the European Union and how it has evolved through the Brexit process. The role of the European Union in combating Covid-19, promoting public welfare, enhancing diversity and inclusion, and encouraging economic development as well as sustainable trade were highlighted. Moderated by Dr. Robert Mauro. Opening remarks by Dr. Laoise Moore, Consul General of Ireland to New England.
ICYMI: Boston College Cybersecurity Conference
The BCCS 2021 provided an opportunity for cybersecurity leaders from the academic, analytic, operations, research, corporate, national security, and law enforcement arenas to come together and coordinate their efforts in creating a more secure cyberspace.

This year's three-hour conference was virtual due to COVID-19 and consisted of a keynote address by FBI Deputy Director Paul M. Abbate, and two panel discussions.
ICYMI: Special Webinar on Higher Education
Higher Education and Global Leadership
Professor Ian Greer
 President and Vice-Chancellor
Queen's University Belfast

February 24, 2021

As part of Northern Ireland at Boston College's Leadership Fireside Chat series, Professor Ian Greer, President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University Belfast, joined us to discuss the role of higher education as Northern Ireland reaches out to the world. Professor Greer discussed QUB's work to develop student skills, drive innovation, and create economic growth for Northern Ireland and global partners. Professor Greer reflected on the challenges of the Covid crisis in education. Opening remarks by Mr. Andrew Elliott Director Northern Ireland Bureau. Moderated by Dr. Robert Mauro, Director, Global Leadership Institute at Boston College.
ICYMI: Northern Ireland at Boston College Webinar Series
During the Winter 2020-2021, the Global Leadership Institute partnered with the Northern Ireland Bureau to bring three ministers to the Northern Ireland at Boston College's Leadership Fireside Chat Series via Zoom. All webinars were moderated by Dr. Robert Mauro, Executive Director, Global Leadership Institute with opening remarks by Mr. Andrew Elliott, Director of the Northern Ireland Bureau. Please read below for more information on our guests with links to the videos and the podcasts.

For more information on the series please contact
Leadership for
Justice and Equality

Ms. Naomi Long, MLA
Minister for Justice

Friday October 23, 2020

Leadership for
Public Finance
Minister Conor Murphy, MLA
Minister for Finance

December 15, 2021

Leadership for

Minister Diane Dodds, MLA
Minister for the Economy 

January 27, 2021

Minister Naomi Long, MLA, Minister for Justice in the Northern Ireland Executive and Leader of the Alliance Party, discusses issues surrounding justice, fairness, democracy, and policing both in Northern Ireland and the United States. Inaugural webinar in the series.

Minister Diane Dodds, MLA, Minister for the Economy, will discuss her leading role in the Northern Ireland Executive, work to restore Northern Ireland's economy, plans to engage economically with Great Britain, Ireland, and across the Atlantic, as well as her vision and her party's vision for Northern Ireland.

Minister Conor Murphy, Sinn Féin, discusses Northern Ireland's future institutional and trade relationships with the Republic of Ireland, European Union, and United States. The Minister discusses contemporary political challenges such as the pandemic, the future of transatlantic relationships, and the workings of the Northern Ireland Executive.
ICYMI: Ireland at Boston College Webinar Series
As part of the continuing Ireland at Boston College's Leadership Fireside Chat Series, we welcomed Minister Helen McEntee, TD, Minister for Justice and Minister Colm Brophy, TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora. Opening remarks by Dr. Laoise Moore, Consul General of Ireland to New England. Moderated by Dr. Robert Mauro, Director Global Leadership Institute at Boston College.
Leadership for Justice & Equality

Minister Helen McEntee, TD
Minister for Justice

January 19, 2021

Ireland and Global Leadership

Minister Colm Brophy, TD
Minister of State with responsibility for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora

February 9, 2021

ICYMI: Special Episodes
Scotland in the United Kingdom and Europe -- What's Next?

Ken Macintosh MSP
Presiding Officer (Speaker) of the Scottish Parliament
Feb 12, 2021
Ken Macintosh MSP discussed Scotland's relationship with the United Kingdom, European Union, and the United States. Ken addressed the evolution of the Scottish Parliament, Brexit, calls for a second independence referendum, and other important issues of devolved government in the United Kingdom. Moderated by Dr. Robert Mauro, Executive Director, Global Leadership Institute at Boston College. Opening remarks by Ellen Wong, Principal Officer of the U.S. Consulate General in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom.
Webinar with Consul General of the United Kingdom to New England
Global Britain and What it Means for Ireland, the European Union, &
The Transatlantic Relationship

Tom Tugendhat, MP
Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee
in the House of Commons

Opening remarks Dr. Peter Abbott, Consul General of the United Kingdom to New England
December 10, 2020

Series from the Embassy of Ireland, USA
“Was it for this”: The Aftermath of the Easter Rising 1916-1919
First in the Series: A Farther Shore (American Reflections on the Advent of Irish Independence (1921-1922). Hosted by Boston College w/ remarks by Dr. Robert Mauro.