Dr. Michael C. Connolly earned his BA in Social Sciences at Florida Southern College (1973), his MA in Modern Irish History at University College Dublin (1977), and his PhD in American Immigration History at Boston College (1988). He has been teaching in the Department of History and Political Science at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine since 1984 where he was promoted to Full Professor in 2008. His research has focused on Irish and Irish-American history and the labor movement in Ireland and America. In 2004 the University of Maine Press published his edited collection of essays entitled They Change Their Sky: The Irish in Maine; he co-edited a second collection of essays entitled John Ford in Focus: Essays on the Filmmaker’s Life and Work by McFarland Publishers in 2006; and in 2010 the University Press of Florida published his book Seated by the Sea: The Maritime History of Portland, Maine, and Its Irish Longshoremen. In the summer of 2016 he completed a documentary film, Building Bridges: Connections between Maine’s Governor Joseph Brennan and Senator George Mitchell. In October of 2016 Dr. Connolly was awarded the Claddagh Award by the Maine Irish Heritage Center in recognition of his long-time promotion of Irish history and culture in Maine. During two previous sabbatical leaves he was pleased to offer three history courses for Semester at Sea voyages in Spring 2004 and Spring 2011. Mike is honored to be able to stay in close contact with three SAS luminaries who also live in Maine: Jack Thompson, Max Brandt and Dan Garvey.