Irish Studies Grads, Now Authors, Will Return To Lecture

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

The Irish Studies Program will sponsor a four-part lecture series this academic year featuring former doctoral students who have published books in the past three years.

Besides discussing their research interests, the speakers in the Irish Studies Graduate Authors Lecture Series will share insights on the publication process, such as transforming a thesis into a book, and finding and working with publishers.

"There are a couple of aspects to this series," said series coordinator Irish Studies Associate Director Robert Savage Jr., a 1993 graduate of the program who will deliver the concluding talk next semester. "We want to highlight the work Irish Studies does and its achievement in producing graduates who have been successful as authors. It's also a chance for current students to hear advice on how to accomplish this."

"The success of any graduate program can be measured by the scholarly work of its graduates," said Irish Studies Co-Director Prof. Adele Dalsimer (English). "Irish Studies is extremely proud of its former students who have made major contributions to the fields of Irish literature and history."

The series will begin Sept. 22 with an address by Francis Costello '92, an economic development consultant to the US, Canada and Ireland. He is the author of Enduring the Most: The Life and Death of Terence MacSwiney and editor of the recently published Michael Collins: In His Own Words .

The second lecture will take place on Nov. 24, with Margaret Kelleher '92, a lecturer at Maynooth College of the National University of Ireland. A researcher of gender perspectives in 19th century Ireland, she is the author of the 1997 book The Feminization of the Famine: Expressions of the Inexpressible?

Kathleen Paul '92, will present a lecture next semester on a date to be announced later. An assistant professor at the University of Southern Florida, Paul has studied post-war British immigration policies and authored The Whitewashing of Britain: Race and Citizenship in the Postwar Era .

Details for the lecture by Savage also will be announced later. Savage's book Irish Television: The Political and Social Origins , released earlier this year, provided a glimpse at the bureaucratic infighting that delayed Ireland's first television broadcast for years, as well as other controversies affecting Irish television.

All lectures will be held at 3 p.m. in the Burns Library's Irish Room.

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