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Fall 2017 Semester

Sheehy Skeffington Sept. 12 lecture
Sheehy Skeffington Sept. 12 lecture

 


"Hanna & Francis Sheehy Skeffington: their roles in early 20th Century Ireland"
Tuesday, September 12, 5:00 pm
Connolly House
300 Hammond Street


An illustrated talk by their granddaughter, Dr. Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, NUI Galway, to commemorate the centenary of Hanna's US tour following her husband's death by a British firing squad during Easter Week 1916.

This event, sponsored by The Center for Irish Programs at Boston College, is free and open to the public. Regster to attend at Sheehy Skeffington lecture

Professor Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin, Concordia University, Montreal
Professor Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin, Concordia University, Montreal


Wednesday, September 13, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Connolly House
300 Hammond Street


Professor Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin presents Flowing Tides: History & Memory in an Irish Soundscape

Professor Ó hAllmhuráin is a leading authority on Irish traditional music. A cultural historian, anthropologist and ethnomusicologist, he holds All Ireland titles on concertina, uilleann pipes, and is a member of the Kilfenora Céilí Band. His book Flowing Tides: History and Memory in an Irish Soundscape was published by Oxford University Press in 2016. Find further information about Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin at:   www.drgearoid.com

This event is free and open to the public but please register to attend at: Flowing Tides

the Irish Famine

Thursday, September 21
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Connolly House
300 Hammond Street

"Art of Remembrance: The Irish Famine and the 1916 Rising"


In a joint celebration, Boston College and Ireland's Great Hunger Museum present Twinsome Minds, one of the final titles in the award-winning series, Famine Folios, by Richard Kearney and Sheila Gallagher. The series makes available new interdisciplinary research in Irish studies by internationally established scholars in history, art, cultural theory, media history, philosophy, political economy, literature and music.

One hundred years after the Easter Rising, Twinsome Minds explores the complexities of commemoration against the backdrops of the Famine and 1916. Using word and image, Gallagher and Kearney retrieve some neglected micronarratives of Irish historical trauma to illustrate how memory occurs at the cross section of story and history. A brief reception will follow.

This event is free and open to the public. Please register to attend at: Art of Remembrance

 

Piano Accordion Girl by Lorcan Vallely
Piano Accordion Girl by Lorcan Vallely

Opening Reception Friday, September 22
5:30 p.m., Burns Library

Saturday, September 23
8:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100


NÓTAÍ/NOTES: MUSIC & IRELAND

In conjunction with the National University of Ireland Galway, Boston College is pleased to host a full-day symposium that brings together international scholars from a variey of academic disciplines, united in their interest in Irish traditional music, its reception, and influence. Keynote speakers include Helen O'Shea (University of Melbourne) and Méabh Ní Fhuartháin (NUI Galway). Participants will also have an opportunity to acquaint themselves with Boston College's extensive Irish Music Archives at an opening reception on Friday evening at Burns Library. For further information and free registration (including lunch and coffee breaks), please visit http://libguides.bc.edu/burns/notai.

Please register by Monday, September 4th.

Ian McBride
Ian McBride


Tuesday, September 26
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Devlin Hall, Room 101

A 2017 Flatley Family Lecture presented by Professor Ian McBride, Oxford University


"The Penal Times: The Catholic Church in Eighteenth-Century Ireland"
The persecution suffered by Irish Catholics during the ‘Penal Times’ ranks alongside the Great Famine and the Easter Rising as one of the central components of the Irish national story. Professor McBride shows how hitherto unused archives in Rome shed new light on this important story.

The 1899 Ballinarobe Controversy
The 1899 Ballinarobe Controversy


Thursday, September 28
5:00-7:30 pm
Devlin Hall, Room 101

The 2017 Dalsimer Lecture, "A Forgotten Irish Cultural Moment: The 1899 Ballinarobe Controversy

Presented by Professor Brian Ó Conchubhair, Associate Professor of Irish Language and Literature at the University of Notre Dame and Director of the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures


The 1899 “Ballinarobe Outrage” originated as a local dispute between neighbors in a small County Mayo town and became the focus of national attention: the ideological, political and social forces of cultural nationalism the state apparatus, political patronage, global affairs and the legal system clashed publically to reveal the inner workings of a small, but highly stratified, community.

This event is free and open to the public. Please register to attend at Dalsimer 201

Kieran Jordan
Kieran Jordan


Tuesday, October 3, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100
Irish Céilí


All are welcome to attend this Traditional Irish Céilí Dance! Easy to learn dances will be taught by Boston College dance instructor, Kieran Jordan, a renowed dancer in her own right. Come with or without a partner. No experience ncessary! Live music will be performed by Sheila Falls Keohane with Irish Studies students and friends.

Séamus Connolly
Séamus Connolly



Thursday, October 12, 2017
6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Cadigan Alumni Center
Boston College Brighton campus

CELEBRATING THE SÉAMUS CONNOLLY COLLECTION OF IRISH MUSIC


Launched last fall, the Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music is an online resource featuring more than 330 traditional tunes and songs gathered by master fiddle player
Séamus Connolly. The program includes a website demo plus live music by Séamus Connolly, Jimmy and Séamus Noonan, and Shannon and Matt Heaton. Co-sponsored by the Alumni Education and the Boston College Libraries. Registration ($20) required; please visit /alumni/get_involved/alumni_education.html


Emigrantes
Emigrantes


Saturday, October 14
9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Connolly House
300 Hammond Street

"Late Modernism & Expatriatism"
An Irish Studies symposium hosted by Burns Scholar, Professor Lauren Arrington


Bringing together experts on twentieth-century poetry, fiction, and film, this symposium will investigate how the expatriate experience facilitated changes in style as well as subject. Keynotes by Bonnie Costello ( William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor at Boston University), “'So large, so friendly, and so rich.’ Auden looks at America" and Jed Esty (Vartan Gregorian Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania), “West of Eden/Erin: Pilgrims and Paupers in John Ford's America." A reception will follow, to which all are invited.

This event, sponsored by the Center for Irish Programs at Boston College, is free and open to the public but please register to attend at Irish Studies Oct. 14 symposium

To view a full schedule of the day's events please visit Oct. 14 symposium schedule


Harp Studies
Harp Studies


Wednesday, October 18, 2017
6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Burns Library

HARP STUDIES: PERSPECTIVES ON THE IRISH HARP


Based on their edited collection Harp Studies (Four Courts, 2016), Sandra Joyce (University of Limerick) and Helen Lawlor (Dundalk IT) present a lecture exploring the ways the harp has been viewed and played through the centuries, illustrated by visual imagery and live and recorded musical examples. Lawlor and Joyce draw on new research on the Irish national instrument, showing how its music has been used and interpreted globally as a symbol of Ireland and how it has been reimagined through poetry, song, literature and film. Light refreshments will be served. For further information and free registration, contact kate.edrington@bc.edu



Eimear McBride
Eimear McBride

Wednesday, October 18
7:00 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100

A LOWELL HUMANITIES SERIES LECTURE
A Girl is a Half-formed Thing

Eimear McBride is an Irish novelist who wrote her first novel, A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (2013), at age 27 and spent the next nine years working to have it published. It subsequently received the inaugural Goldsmiths Prize, the Baileys Prize for Women’s Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize), Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year, the Desmond Elliot Prize, and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, as well as numerous shortlistings including the Folio Prize and the L.A. Times First Fiction Award. Hailed by the New York Times Book Review as a "future classic" it has elicited widespread international praise that includes comparisons of McBride to Edna O'Brien, Virginia Woolf, and James Joyce.

Her second novel, The Lesser Bohemians, published in September 2016, was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize and the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction. Eimear McBride occasionally writes and reviews for the Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement and the New Statesman. She lives in Norwich, UK with her family.

Co-sponsored with the Irish Studies Program

Resources for students and teachers: Eimear McBride

Professor Lauren Arrington
Professor Lauren Arrington

 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
John J. Burns Library, Thompson Room
Reception to follow, Irish Room of the Burns Library
Fall 2017 Burns Scholar Lecture


Professor Lauren Arrington, University of Liverpool, will present this semester's Burns Scholar Lecture:  "Shell-shocked Walt Whitmans": W.B. Yeats and the War Poets at Rapallo

From 1928 until 1934, W.B. Yeats was a seasonal resident in Rapallo, a small town on the Italian Riviera where Ezra Pound had decamped from Paris in 1924. Together, they hosted younger poets who flocked to them for instruction and inspiration. Important friendships emerged between writers who were key to shaping post-war poetry in English. Among the most important was the bond between Englishman Richard Aldington and Irishman Thomas MacGreevy, who both fought in the Great War. Yeats famously excluded the “war poets” from his 1936 Oxford Book of Modern Verse. This lecture will revisit Yeats’s attitude to the younger generation, take aim at his pejorative description of them as “shell-shocked Walt Whitmans,” and reassess Aldington and MacGreevy’s writings about the war during their visits to Rapallo.

All are welcome to attend the lecture and reception to follow. No RSVP is required.

The Press Gang
The Press Gang


Thursday, November 2
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Theology & Ministry Library Auditorium
Brighton Campus


The Press Gang
A bold new sound has emerged in New England’s traditional music scene. The Press Gang fuses the talents of squeezebox player Christian “Junior” Stevens, fiddler Alden Robinson, flute-player and vocalist Hanz Araki, and guitarist Owen Marshall into a high-octane musical partnership. The quartet blends their skill and fluency in traditional Irish music with their curiosity and aptitude for other styles. The joy that these musicians pour into playing music together is unmistakable and infectious. The result is a unique sound, at once energetic and sensitive, innovative and reverent.

 

Nórín Ní Riain with sons Owen & Mícheál Moley Ó Súilleabháin
Nórín Ní Riain with sons Owen & Mícheál Moley Ó Súilleabháin

Thursday, December 7
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Cadigan Alumni Center
Boston College Brighton Campus


A CELTIC CHRISTMAS
Celebrate the Song, Soul, and Joy of the season!


Join world-renowned singer and keeper of Irish culture Nórín Ní Riain with her sons Owen and Mícheál Moley Ó Súilleabháin for an evening of song and story, celebrating the wisdom, charm and wit that the Celtic tradition holds in store for us all. Described by Angelica Houston as Ireland's jewel of soul and song.

"This is an invitation, from my family to yours, to join us at Boston College, for a great gathering of song, spirit, and a bit of fun too!" - Nórín Ní Riain

This event is free and open to the public but please register to attend at Celtic Christmas

The Celtic Imagination

Monday, December 11
10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Connolly House
300 Hammond Street

The Celtic Imagination
A day-long conference of art, music, literature, philosophy and spirituality.


11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., "The Art of Saint Brigid" with
Sheila Gallagher, Artist & Director of Studio Art, Boston College
Fanny Howe, poet & novelist, Man Booker nominee, National Book Award winner
Nóirin Ní Riain, singer, musician, and theologian
Simon Sleeman, liturgist, director of Sacred Rituals of Transition Project
Discussion on Celtic spirituality

1:00-2:00 p.m. Lunch

2:00-4:00 p.m., The Celtic Thought of Eriugena: Philosophy and Theology
Dermot Moran, Boston College Philosophy Dept.
Richard Kearney, Boston College Philosophy Dept.
Joseph Prabhu, Cal State Los Angeles, Philosophy Dept.
Robert Bamford, authority on Celtic spirituality and Eriugena

4:00-5:00 p.m. Reception

5:00-7:00 p.m., Plenary: The Celtic Imagination
Patrick Hederman, theologian, philosopher, and author of, most recently, The Opal and the Pearl. Book signing to follow.