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academic year 2015-2016

IRISH STUDIES EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Professor Mike Cronin, Acadmic Director, Boston College Ireland
Professor Mike Cronin, Acadmic Director, Boston College Ireland


Thursday, January 21, 2016
5 pm, Connolly House


In commemmoration of Ireland's Easter Rising of 1916, Professor Mike Cronin, Academic Director of Boston College Ireland, will present a lecture titled: "The Enemy in Dublin, 1916: Who Were the British?"

This event is free and open to the public but please let us know if you plan to attend by registering here: Cronin lecture registration

 

Cellist Natalie Haas
Cellist Natalie Haas

Thursday, February 4, 2016
6:30-8:30 pm
Cadigan Alumni Center
Brighton campus


Please join us for a Gaelic Roots concert of Scottish, Québecois, & Celtic music featuring cellist Natalie Haas with guitarist/vocalist Yann Falquet. This concert is free & open to the public, but please let us know if you plan to attend by registering here: Gaelic Roots Feb. 4 concert
Guitarist/vocalist Yann Falquet
Guitarist/vocalist Yann Falquet
St. Columcille
St. Columcille sodality banner from Saint Brendan's Cathedral at Loughrea, Galway. Designed by Jack Yeats.



Monday, February 8, 2016
7:00-9:00 pm, McMullen Museum of Art and Devlin Hall 101


Public Opening: "The Arts and Crafts Movement: Making it Irish". Exhibition runs through May 2016.


The children of Lir, as swans, return after the conversion of Ireland met by St.Kermoc. Stained glass by Wilhelmina Geddes.
The children of Lir, as swans, return after the conversion of Ireland met by St.Kermoc. Stained glass by Wilhelmina Geddes.



Tuesday, February 9, 2016
4 pm, McMullen Museum of Art, Devlin Hall


"The Arts and Crafts Movement: Making it Irish" exhibition introduction by Paul Larmour. Lecture and gallery walk to follow.

This event is free and open to the public but please let us know if you plan to attend by registering here: Paul Larmour exhbition introduction


Derek Pyle
Derek Pyle


Wednesday, February 10, 2016
5-8 pm, Connolly House
Waywords and Meansigns


Waywords and Meansigns is an international project setting Finnegans Wake to music. This event will see Waywords and Meansigns director, Derek Pyle, discuss the aim and scope of this unique project. The exciting and original undertaking features original music and readings from Grammy award-winning producer David Kahne, author Brian Hall, punk rock icon Mike Watt, and many more.

The event will, of course, also feature musical performances. This digital humanities project, may be freely accessed online at: waywordsandmeansigns.com

This event is free and open to the public but please let us know if you plan to attend by registering here: WaywordsandMeansignsevent

 
Congressman Richard Neal (D), MA 1st congressional district
Congressman Richard Neal (D), MA 1st congressional district
Mayor Martin J. Walsh
Mayor Martin J. Walsh

Monday, February 22, 2016
6:00 pm, Gasson Hall Room 100



Congressman Richard E. Neal, (D) of the 1st Massachusetts congressional district and Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Boston will speak on the Easter Rising of 1916.
Due to overwhelming interest in this event, registration is now CLOSED.

Sheila Falls
Sheila Falls
Jimmy Noonan
Jimmy Noonan
Kieran Jordan
Kieran Jordan

Thursday, February 25, 2016
6:30-7:30 pm
Connolly House
Irish Music & Dance Performance


Please join BC teachers Sheila Falls, Jimmy Noonan, and Kieran Jordan along with their BC students in a performance of Irish music and dance.

This event is free and open to the public but please let us know if you plan to attend by registering here: Feb. 25 Irish music and dance


Fintan O'Toole
Fintan O'Toole


Saturday, February 27, 2016
2 pm Devlin 101 and McMullen Museum of Art


Fintan O'Toole presents: "Culture & Society in Ireland, 1916; Contexts for the Arts & Crafts Movement"

This event is free and open to the public but please let us know if you plan to attend by registering here: Fintan O'Toole lecture



Hugh O'Neill, 2nd Earl of Tyrone
Hugh O'Neill, 2nd Earl of Tyrone

Monday, February 29
4:30-7 pm
Connolly House
Hugh O' Neill at 400


Presentations will include:

Hiram Morgan (UCC) "Enemy of England: the Career of Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone (1550-1616)"
James O'Neill (UCC) "The Nine Years' War in Ireland & the Military Revolution"
Ruth Canning (UCC)
"The Pale & the Political Reasons Preventing Irish Victory in the Nine Years' War"
Malachy O'Neill (Ulster University) "Irish Language Sources for the Nine Years' War & the Flight of the Earls"


This event is free and open to the public but please let us know if you plan to attend by registering here: O'Neill conference


Professor Colmán Ó Clabaig
Professor Colmán Ó Clabaig


Wednesday, March 2, 2016
4:30 pm Burns Library
Thompson Room Lecture
Irish Room Reception to follow


Irish Studies' Spring 2016 Burns Visiting Scholar, Professor Colmán Ó Clabaigh, will present a lecture titled: "Fifty Ways to Cleave Your Brother: Mayhem, Mischief, & Misfits in Medieval Irish Monasteries". Although St Benedict's Rule describes the monastery as a “household of God,” human frailty has meant that the reality is always more complicated. Br. Colmán Ó Clabaigh explores how ethnic rivalry, madness, alcohol abuse and personal ambition impacted on the religious communities of late medieval Ireland.

This event is free and open to the public but please let us know if you plan to attend by registering here: Burns Scholar lecture

Declan Kiberd
Declan Kiberd


Wednesday, March 9, 2016
6 pm, BOSTON COLLEGE IRELAND
43 ST. STEPHEN'S GREEN, DUBLIN


Catalogue Launch: "The Irish Arts & Crafts Movement, Making it Irish", edited by Vera Kreilkamp. The catalogue will be launched by Declan Kiberd with a reception to follow.

This event is free and open to the public but please let us know if you plan to attend by registering here: Declan Kiberd catalogue launch


Colm Tóibín
Colm Tóibín



Wednesday, March 16, 2016
7 pm Gasson Hall Room 100
A Lowell Humanities Series Lecture

Author Colm Tóibín will deliver a Lowell Humanities Series Lecture titled: "The Knowledge & the Power: Writing & Violence".




1916 Easter Rising
1916 Easter Rising


Friday-Sunday, March 18-20, 2016
International Conference: "Easter 1916: 'A Terrible Beauty is Born'"
Opening lecture 6 pm Friday
Devlin Hall, Room 101
Reception to follow

International Conference: "Easter 1916: 'A Terrible Beauty is Born'". There will be receptions on both Friday and Saturday evenings, with daytime presentations on Saturday and Sunday.

*PLEASE NOTE THIS CHANGE: Opening lectures on Friday, March 18 will be in McGuinn Hall, Room 121, followed by a reception there. All other lectures, on Saturday and Sunday, will be in Devlin Hall, Room 008.

Lunch on both days will be in the faculty dining room.

All events are free and open to the public but please let us know if you plan to attend by registering here: International Conference  We have experienced a very high response rate to the conference. Please note that registration does not provide reserved seating.

Speakers include:       Professor Colm Tóibín, Columbia University
                                Professor Alvin Jackson, Edinburgh University
                                Professor Emily Bloom, Visiting Asst. Professor, Columbia University
                                Dr. Roisín Higgins, Teeside University
                                Dr. Fearghal McGarry, Queen's University Belfast


To view the full schedule of weekend events please visit Easter Rising Conference program

For information regarding visitor parking at BC please visit:
/offices/transportation/visitor.html

Michael Tubridy
Michael Tubridy
James Keane
James Keane

Tuesday, March 22
6:30 pm, Theology & Ministry Library Auditorium
BC's Brighton Campus

Michael Tubridy, a native of Kilrush, County Clare, is known for his talents on the flute, tin whistle, and the concertina, an instrument common to his native County Clare. While studying Civil Engineering at UCD in the 1950s Michael began to attend the Thomas Street Pipers’ Club, where he met Paddy Moloney and Sean Potts, and they established strong musical connections, performing together in concerts, sessions, and making a number of radio programs together. Along with Paddy, Seán Potts, and Martin Fay, he was one of the founding members of The Chieftains in 1962.

The pressures of touring and performing on stage took its toll on the quiet flute player and he left the Chieftains in 1979, to go back to work as an engineer. His interests include set, Ceílí, and step-dancing and he has continued to be associated with traditional music, through teaching at traditional music festivals.

James Keane is a composer, storyteller and masterful musician. As one of Ireland's finest performers, Keane has evolved the standards of accordion playing around the world. Keane's compositions invoke a musical mind from an ancient tradition nurtured by his family for generations. A seminal album, With Friends Like These, featured the best musicians of the Irish tradition performing his tunes. Keane has recorded eight highly acclaimed studio albums and appeared on many classic records. The New York Times review of a concert at Carnegie Hall wrote "James Keane, the accordionist, swung through reels with such exciting drive that he nearly lifted the audience out of their seats." His expertise and memories of the tradition come from a life between Ireland and New York where he has lived and performed for many decades.

This event is free and open to the public.
DUE TO OVERWHELMING INTEREST, NO FURTHER REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR TONIGHT'S CONCERT. PLEASE NOTE: REGISTRATION DOES NOT INCLUDED RESERVED SEATING SO PLAN TO ARRIVE EARLY!

 

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Monday, March 28, 2016
6:30-8:45 pm
Gasson Hall, Room 100


Please join the Irish Studies Program in an Easter Rising Commemorative concert of Irish music, song, verse & dance. Performers will include Charlie Lennon, Regina Delaney, Seamus Connolly, the Boston College Chorale, and the Boston College Chamber Music Society.

Please click here to view concert details:  Easter Monday program

DUE TO AN OVERWHELMING RESPONSE TO THIS CONCERT, NO FURTHER REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. PLEASE NOTE: REGISTRATION DOES NOT PROVIDE RESERVED SEATING AND THIS CONCERT WILL BE WELL ATTENDED.

Red and gold altar frontspiece

Tuesday, April 5
3:00 pm, Burns Library O'Brien Fine Print Room


Join us for an Arts and Crafts panel discussion moderated by BC Vice Provost for Faculties, Patricia DeLeeuw. The discussion will be followed by a campus tour.

Katharine McCormack (designer 1892-1975), Honan Chapel, UCC.

This event is free and open to the public but please let us know if you will attend by registering here: Arts & Crafts panel discussion and tour  Please note that there is NO reserved seating for this event.

Cillian Vallely
Cillian Vallely

Thursday, April 7, 2016
6:30-8:30 pm, Cadigan Alumni Center
Brighton campus

Please join us for a Gaelic Roots Concert of Irish music with Cillian Vallely and Kevin Crawford of the Irish supergroup Lúnasa performing on uilleann pipes, low whistles, and Irish Flute.

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS CLOSED DUE TO OVERWHELMING RESPONSE.

Kevin Crawford
Kevin Crawford
James Joyce
James Joyce


Saturday, April 9, 2016
9:30 am-4:00 pm, Connolly House
A one-day conference:
"James Joyce & the Easter Rising"

Participants:
              Michael Wood, Princeton University
              Greg Winston, Husson University
              Joe Valente, SUNY, Buffalo
              Mike Cronin, BC Ireland
              Richard Kearney, Boston College
              Kelly Sullivan, NYU

DUE TO THE ENTHUSIASTIC RESPONSE TO THIS EVENT, NO FURTHER REGISTATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. PLEASE NOTE THAT REGISTRATION DOES NOT PROVIDE RESERVED SEATING.

CONFERENCE AGENDA: 
Joyce and the Easter Rising
Connolly House Saturday, April 9

9:30    Coffee, pastries

9:50    Introduction by Meg Laffan, Vice-Consul General of Ireland

10:00   Michael Wood, Princeton University
           That Strange Time: Joyce in 1916

11:00    Coffee

11:15    Greg Winston, Husson University
            'Endues paramilintary langdwage': Joyce, Militarism, & the Easter Rising

12:00     Digital Humanities Showcase:
               
                 Michael Cronin
                 Andrew Kuhn
                 Joseph Nugent

12:30      Lunch

1:15        Vera Kreilkamp; Introduction to Making it Irish

2:00        Theatre, The Here Comes Everybody Players

2:15        Finnegans Wake, Roundtable

3:00        Drinks Reception

 

Stained Glass of Harry Clarke: The Baptism of St. Patrick
Stained Glass of Harry Clarke: The Baptism of St. Patrick


Tuesday, April 12, 2016
3:00 pm McMullen Museum of Art
Devlin Hall 101


The Illustration & Stained Glass of Harry Clarke; Gallery walk with lecture by Kelly Sullivan.

This event is free and open to the public but please let us know if you plan to attend by registering here: Clarke Stained Glass lecture and gallery walk


Celtic cross

Saturday, April 16, 2016
9 am - 5 pm, Devlin 101
"Faith in the Future: Religion in Ireland in the 21st Century"
Luncheon in BC's faculty dining room

This conference is presented in association with BC's School of Theology and Ministry and with support from the BC Theology Department, the Boisi Center and the Church in the 21st Century  Center. Conference speakers include: Dr. Michael Jackson, Church of Ireland, Archbishop of Dublin, Baroness Nuala O'Loan, Maire Collins, Patsy McGarry, Religion Affairs Correspondent of The Irish Times and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin.

This event is free and open to the public but please let us know if you plan to attend by registering here: Faith in the Future conference

For a complete conference schedule, please click here Irish Studies Faith in the Future

 

Dr. Ronan Fanning, UCD
Dr. Ronan Fanning, UCD

 

 

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Thursday, April 21, 2016
5 pm, Connolly House


Dr. Ronan Fanning, UCD, will present a lecture titled: Eamon de Valera, A Will to Power, followed by the launch of his new book of that title.



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All events are subject to change. Inclement weather: visit /bcinfo for updates on weather-related cancellations at BC.

Event updates:
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Selected concert videos:
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Directions and Parking
Theology and Ministry Library Auditorium
Brighton Campus

When seeking directions from GPS or Google Maps, please reference 2101 Commonwealth Avenue to locate the entrance to the Brighton campus. Within the campus, turn left immediately after the second building (Cadigan Center). Make a quick right into the large parking lot in front of the Theology and Ministry Library. Free event parking is available directly in front of the Library. The auditorium entrance is on the ground floor. A map of the Boston College Brighton Campus is available at: /content/bc/a-z/maps/s-brighton.html

Visitor parking on the Chestnut Hill campus at Boston College is limited to the two on-campus garages. Please visit /offices/transportation/visitor.html for more detailed information. Limited street parking may be available. Observe posted signs. Google map link:
http://goo.gl/maps/I6f

Cadigan Alumni Center​
Brighton Campus

When seeking directions from GPS or google Maps, please reference 2101 Commonwealth Avenue to locate the entrance to the Brighton campus. After you enter the Brighton Campus from Commonwealth Avenue, the second left leads to a small parking lot in front of the Cadigan Alumni Center. Free event parking is available in the small lot and other adjacent areas. 

Walking/Public Transportation
The closest MBTA stop is Boston College station, the last stop on the “B" line.