Dr. Angela Byrne
Professor of Anthropology & Sociology
Our Keynote speaker from the 2020 St. Brigid's Day Festival Vancouver, Dr. Angela Byrne is the former Historian-in-Residence at the EPIC Museum in Dublin (the new Irish emigration museum which was voted Europe’s leading tourist attraction at the World Travel Awards in 2019).
We were delighted that she has accepted our invitation to travel from Dublin on very short notice as our originally scheduled keynote speaker Ailbhe Smyth was unable to travel due to ill health.
Dr. Byrne specializes in the experiences of migrants and women in the past, particularly the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. She also works on the history of women in science and often speaks on her own research at public events and academic conferences.
Angela is also particularly thrilled that ‘Blazing a Trail: Lives and Legacies of Irish Diaspora Women’ will be on display at our St. Brigid’s Festival as she was the curator of that exhibition at EPIC.
Over 20 panels of the ‘Blazing a Trail’ exhibit will be on display at Lá Féile Bride ~ St. Brigid’s Day 2020 Vancouver on February 1, 2020 and will be available for local viewing.