On Sunday February 24th the St. Patrick’s Committee of Holyoke announced that Dr. Christopher Fox of Notre Dame, Indiana. Fox is a professor of English at the University of Notre Dame and co-founder of the

Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies. The Ambassador Award is presented each year to a person or organization that has worked to promote the relationship between the people of the Republic of Ireland and the people of the United States. Dr. Fox is the 28th recipient.

Before starting the Institute with co-founder Seamus Deane, he had established The IRISH Seminar, which convenes every summer (to date, in various years, in Dublin, Paris, Rome and Buenos Aires) to bring together Irish scholars, graduate students, and faculty in Irish Studies. One of Professor Fox’s many roles as director of the Keough-Naughton Institute was serving as executive producer of the landmark documentary 1916 The Irish Rebellion. The film was premiered in Dublin in March, 2016 by the Republic of Ireland as a centerpiece of its international commemoration of the centennial of the 1916 Easter Rebellion. It has been shown in over sixty countries and won major awards, including the PBS Quality Programming Award, Poland’s Silver Sabre Historical Documentary prize, and Irish Television’s 2017 award for Best Documentary series of the year. The documentary highlighted connections between Ireland and the United States that have significance up to and including the recent Irish peace process.

Dr. Fox is a professor of English at Notre Dame University, as well as a Fellow of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and of the Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values. His research interests are in Eighteenth-Century Studies, Literature and Science and Irish Studies.

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