Events Big And Small Planned For 20th Anniversary

In addition to the Columbus Day weekend festivities and the Oct. 15 Seamus Heaney visit, The Irish Studies Program 20th anniversary commemoration will feature a multitude of smaller events throughout the year. The fall semester schedule includes the following:

.Two poets, Burns Scholar Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Peter Fallon, will give a reading at 1:30 p.m. in Connolly House on Oct. 8. Ní Dhomhnaill also will mark the launch of her new book, Cead Aighnis , on Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. in Connolly House.

.Renowned Irish composer and entertainer Phil Coulter, a visiting faculty member last year, will return to campus Oct. 13 to celebrate the release of his new CD, "Winter Crossing," at 7 p.m. in Connolly House.

.The next month will be highlighted by an Irish Studies colloquium on Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m.; a lecture on Nov. 12 by New York University faculty member Marion Casey on "Ireland, New York and the Irish Image in American Popular Culture" at 4 p.m.; and a poetry reading and discussion with Gabriel Rosenstock at 4 p.m. on Nov. 18. All events will be in Connolly House.

.Irish Studies Music Programs Director Seamus Connolly will arrange a Christmas concert of Irish traditional music on Nov. 29 at 3 p.m. in Gasson 100. Connolly also is hosting monthly seisiuns in Connolly House at which musicians gather informally to socialize and play tunes and songs. The October seisiun had not been scheduled at press time, but there will be seisiuns on Nov. 19 and Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.

"It's very appropriate, as well as timely, that these events and activities are taking place during our 20th anniversary," said Irish Studies Associate Director Rob Savage. "Whether it's a lecture, a reading, a book launch or a seisiun , they all reflect the different interests of the Irish Studies Program."

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