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    Immigration scholar retires

    By Noreen Bowden | August 8, 2007

    One of the leading scholars of Irish immigration to the US is retiring. Charles Fanning, who founded the Irish and Irish immigration Studies programme at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, is leaving teaching after 14 years there, reports the Southern Illinoisan.

    Dr Fanning has written and edited more than ten books, including “Exiles of Erin: Nineteenth-Century Irish-American Fiction�, and “The Irish voice in America�, both of which won awards. He began his academic career with a doctoral dissertation entitled, “Finley Peter Dunne and Mr Dooley: the Chicago Years�. Mr Dooley, a creation of Chicago-based Dunne, was a fictitious Irish born-bartender. He says that he will continue to write, and is planning a work of fiction as his next effort.

    The new director of the Irish Studies programme will be creative writing professor Beth Lordan.

    Read the report in the Daily Illinoisan.

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