Drew University’s William Rogers Earns Irish Echo Award
Recognizes his work on Irish studies at school’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies.
November 2016 – William Rogers, associate dean of the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, is being honored on an international scale for his work with the school’s Irish Studies program.
Rogers is one of eight recipients of the Irish Echo‘s 2016 Golden Bridges Award, which recognizes individuals who forge connections of peace, business, education and culture between Ireland and the U.S.
Rogers described the award as a “special honor,” adding, “I feel it is more a recognition for everyone who has worked so hard over the past 15 years to grow Irish Studies in the Caspersen School.”
The Irish Echo, the oldest Irish-American newspaper in the U.S., honors awardees at its annual Golden Bridges Conference, which “spotlights community, business and education initiatives in northwest Ireland and promotes partnerships with their peers in Boston and Massachusetts.” This year’s conference took place at the Seaport Hotel in Boston.
Rogers teaches Irish/Irish-American history and literature at Caspersen and helps lead study trips to Ireland. He’s also a co-founder of the Transatlantic Connections Conference, which takes place in Ireland each January.
Since it began three years ago, the conference has grown via panel discussions, keynote speeches and Drew’s peace tour to Ireland, which recognizes global leaders with the CRCC Peace Builder Award. This year’s peace tour got a boost from Ireland President Michael D. Higgins when he bestowed the award to former U.S. Congressman Bruce Morrison.
Rogers said that “being involved with the Irish Studies program has provided me with fantastic opportunities both personally and professionally,” including meeting leading Irish figures like President Higgins, poets Paula Meehan and Theo Dorgan, historians Christine Kinealy and Joe Lee and musicians Mick Moloney and Altan.
More importantly, Rogers added, “I have seen the change in our students and alumni when they have spent time talking with and learning from these impressive individuals.”