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academic year 2016-2017

IRISH STUDIES EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Neil Pearlman & Katie McNally
Neil Pearlman & Katie McNally

The Boston College Gaelic Roots Series presents Katie McNally & Neil Pearlman
Thursday, January 26
6:30-8:30 pm
Theology & Ministry Library Auditorium
Boston College Brighton Campus


The vibrant musical traditions of Scotland and Cape Breton take on new life in the hands of Katie McNally ("the new face of Scottish fiddling in America" - Living Tradition) and Neil Pearlman ("a tremendous pianist" -BBC Radio Scotland). Based in Boston, MA and Portland, ME, this young musical couple is making waves internationally with their fresh approaches to traditional forms. Their new album, The Boston States, was recorded under the guidance of producer Wendy MacIsaac (Beolach, Mary Jane Lamond) at the legendary Lakewind Sound in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  

This concert is free and open to the public, but please register to attend at McNally and Pearlman Concert


Kevin Barry and Olivia Smith
Kevin Barry and Olivia Smith

An Evening with the Editors: A Winter Papers 2 Showcase with Q&A to follow
Kevin Barry and Olivia Smith
Wednesday, February 1
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Connolly House

Kevin Barry and Olivia Smith, editors of Winter Papers, will discuss the second volume of Ireland's annual arts anthology. This thoughtfully curated and beautifully designed publication showcases a wide range of artistic talent, from literary and visual arts to essays and interviews on performing arts. This event will present selections from Winter Papers 2 and provide an opportunity for attendees to ask questions about writing, editing, and publishing. Students interested in creative writing, publishing, and working in the arts are encouraged to attend.

This event is free and open to the public, but please register at Winter Pages 2, to let us know if you plan to attend.


Professor Lucy McDiarmid
Professor Lucy McDiarmid

Fairies, Rebels, and the Boundaries of the House in 1916
Professor Lucy McDiarmid
Friday, February 3, 12:15 pm
Burns Library, Fine Print Room
Followed by lunch, Irish Room


Professor Lucy McDiarmid, currently the Marie Frazee-Baldassarre Professor of English at Montclair State University and author of the recently published At Home in the Revolution: What Women Said and Did in 1916., will present a talk titled, Fairies, Rebels, and the Boundaries of the House, 1916. Her talk will include a brief question and answer session and will be followed by a luncheon in the Irish Room of the Burns Library.

This event is free and open to the public, please please let us know if you plan to attend by registering at, Lucy McDiarmid lecture.


Galway's Druid Theatre Company: "The Beauty Queen of Leenane"
Galway's Druid Theatre Company: "The Beauty Queen of Leenane"

A day-long theatre conference on Martin McDonagh's "The Beauty Queen of Leenane"
Thursday, February 9
9 am - 6pm
Connolly House


Martin McDonagh is one of Ireland's leading playwrights, with his dark, comedic view of Irish rural society. Druid Theatre, Walway, under its renowned artistic director, Garry Hynes, has played a pivotal role in the production of McDonagh's work.

The Center for Irish Programs at Boston College is pleased to present a day of events to celebrate the staging of Druid's production of McDonagh's Beauty Queen of Leenane with an address by Garry Hynes, discussion with members of the cast, and talks on McDonagh and Druid.

To attend the actual production of Galway's Druid Theater Company, please visit https://artsemerson.org.

The conference, presented by Boston College, is free and open to the public, please register at Theatre Conference

Professor Enda Delaney
Professor Enda Delaney

THE 2017 THOMAS J. FLATLEY IRISH STUDIES LECTURE SERIES
Professor Enda Delaney

Wednesday, February 15
4-6 pm
Connolly House

Enda Delaney, Professor of History, University of Edinburgh presents
"Out of Time: Ireland and Modernity"

One of the most intense debates concerning Ireland's past in recent decades has concerned the interpretative perspective through which that past may be seen. One dominant view has seen Ireland as both subject to, and resistant of, colonial oppression.  Professor Delaney's lecture explores an alternative perspective, seeing Ireland's experience as a transformative encounter with modernity, with all the tensions and opportunities that such an encounter inevitably brings.

Sponsored by the Center for Irish Programs at Boston College, this event is free and open to the public. Please let us know if you plan to attend by registering at Professor Enda Delaney, "Out of Time: Ireland & Modernity?"
 

Professor Clair Wills
Professor Clair Wills

THE 2017 ADELE DALSIMER MEMORIAL LECTURE
Presented by Professor Clair Wills, Leonard L. Milberg '53 Chair of Irish Letters at Princeton University
Thursday, February 23
6 - 8 p.m.
Devlin Hall, Room 101
 
      

Please join us as Professor Clair Wills presents:

"Digs and Lodging Houses: Literature, Ruins and Survival in Post-War Britain"

Clair Wills is a leading scholar of twentieth-century British and Irish literature and society. Her Dalsimer lecture will explore the world of post-war British culture and will draw in part on the work of Harold Pinter and Samuel Beckett.

This event is free & open to the public, but please register to attend at: 2017 Dalsimer Lecture


Sheila Falls Keohane
Sheila Falls Keohane
Joey Abarta & Sean Clohessy
Joey Abarta & Sean Clohessy
Daniel Neely
Daniel Neely

"From the Variety Stage to the Shamrock Band: A brief history of Irish Music in Boston, 1890-1930
Presented by The Gaelic Roots Series of Boston College
Thursday, February 23
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Theology & Ministry Library Auditorium
Boston College Brighton Campus


"From the Variety Stage to the Shamrock Band: a brief history of Irish Music in Boston, 1890-1930". In this lecture, ethnomusicologist Daniel Neely tells an inviting story about Irish music in Boston that begins with the Gaelic revival and the variety stage and continues through to the dance bands of the 1920s and the Depression. Dan's lecture will be followed by live music with Joey Abarta, Sean Clohessy and Sheila Falls Keohane.

This event is free and open to the public but please register to attend at
Neely Lecture and Concert

St. Patrick
St. Patrick

A St. Patrick's day celebration
Wednesday, March 15
6 pm


A celebration of St. Patrick in music and in his own words. Further details will appear on this site as they become available.
Professor Connie Roberts
Professor Connie Roberts

THE 2017 IRISH WRITERS SERIES AT BOSTON COLLEGE
Poet Connie Roberts reads from Little Witness
Tuesday, March 21, 4:30 pm
Connolly House


Hofstra University Adjunct Professor of English, Connie Roberts, received the 2010 Patrick Kavanagh Award and the 2016 Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship Award.  In January 2016 her poetry collection Little Witness was shortlisted for the Shine/Strong Award, which is presented annually to the author of the best debut collection of poems published in English or Irish by an Irish poet the previous year.  Roberts received the Poetry Collection Award at the Listowel Writers’ Week Festival in 2013, and in 2014 was named winner of the Boyle Arts Festival Poetry Competition.

Dan Barry, New York Times, writes, "In her vivid recounting of a childhood spent in one of Ireland’s notorious industrial schools, truth hides behind no “masquerade of metaphors. ... Roberts honors children, holds adults accountable, and finds acceptance, all with a reportorial rigor that, through her soaring language and big-hearted vision, achieves poetic art. This is the poetry of rock-hard experience. It will skin your soul."

And, Emmanuel Touhey, Irish Times, states, “Connie Roberts, a poetic witness who will not be silenced ... It is a haunting and harrowing accounting of a beleaguered young life. These poems are not for the faint of heart. They will grab you when you want to look the other way.”Professor Roberts will conduct a poetry reading at Connolly House that is free and open to the public. Please register at Connie Roberts Poetry Reading

Anne Enright
Anne Enright

THE 2017 IRISH WRITERS SERIES AT BOSTON COLLEGE
The Lowell Humanities Series, in collaboration with Fiction Days and Irish Studies presents
Anne Enright
Wednesday, March 29, 7:00 pm
Gasson Hall, Room 100


Anne Enright is an Irish writer, most recently of The Green Road (2015), who was named the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction in 2015. Enright has written numerous award-winning novels and short story collections. Her 2001 novel What Are You Like? won the Encore Award and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award. The Gathering (2007) won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, the Hughes and Hughes Irish Novel of the Year Award, and the Irish Fiction Award. It became a bestseller throughout the English-speaking world, appearing on bestseller lists in America, England and Ireland for over six months. In 2012, Enright won the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction for The Forgotten Waltz. Her short stories have appeared in several magazines including The New Yorker and The Paris Review.

This event is free and open to the public, but please register to attend at Anne Enright


Irish Museum of Modern Art
Irish Museum of Modern Art

THE 2017 THOMAS J. FLATLEY IRISH STUDIES LECTURE SERIES
Museum Current: "It's About Them, Not Us: Turning the Museum in An Anxious World"
Thursday, March 30, 5:30 pm
McMullen Museum of Art
The Hill Room, 111
Boston College Brighton Campus


Please join us for this lecture presented by Founding Director of the Irism Museum of Modern Art, Declan McGonagle.

The McMullen Museum of Art, in collaboration with the Irish Studies, welcomes the Founding Director of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Declan McGonagle for a 2017 Thomas J. Flatley Irish Studies lecture. In this illustrated talk, McGonagle will explore issues raised by the opening and subsequent development of a Museum of Modern Art in Ireland at the end of the 20th century–to argue that an expansion of the inherited model of 'museum' and of the definitions of art, artist, and public value are now necessary.
This event is free and open to the public but please register to attend at: Declan McGonagle Lecture


Traditional Irish fiddle and dance at BC

The Gaelic Roots Series of Boston College presents Traditional Irish Music & Dance
Thursday, March 30
6:30-8:30 pm
Connolly House

Please join BC students of traditional Irish fiddle and dance in a performance with their teachers, Sheila Falls Keohane (fiddle) and Kieran Jordan (dance).

This event is free and open to the public. Please register to attend at Music and Dance


Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks
Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks

THE 2017 THOMAS J. FLATLEY IRISH STUDIES LECTURE SERIES
"Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks"
Tuesday, April 4, 5:00 pm
Connolly House

Eibhear Walshe presents "Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks". The story that emerges through these 100 works is one of never-ending argument, of works that were disliked, rejected, fought over and even painted over. Walshe (University College Cork) is a leading authority on Irish authors such as Kate O'Brien and Oscar Wilde. In his lecture, he will discuss this innovative publication of which he served as one of several editors. These artworks trace the story of Ireland's creative output from the revolutionary period until today. Rather than a supportive relationship between artists and the state, this work reveals a case of artists challenging and upsetting the community and the community, in turn, looking warily at artists. This is the dynamic that makes Irish art, at its best, so edgy, battled and vital.

Ten Strings and a Goatskin
Ten Strings and a Goatskin

The Gaelic Roots Series of Boston College presents "Ten Strings and a Goatskin"
Wednesday, April 5
6:30-8:30 pm
Cadigan Alumni Center
2121 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston College Brighton Campus


A performance by "Ten Strings And A Goat Skin", a bilingual folk/fusion trio from Prince Edward Island who present traditional and original music inspired by their Atlantic Canadian histories and roots, infused with pop and world rhythms.

This event is free and open to the public but please register to attend at Ten Strings and a Goat Skin


Professor Julia Wright
Professor Julia Wright

THE 2017 THOMAS J. FLATLEY IRISH STUDIES LECTURE SERIES
"Supporting the Female Right to Literature: Irish Writing on Education & Authorship, 1775-1830"

Thursday, April 6, 4:00 pm
Connolly House

Julia M. Wright is Canada Research Chair in European Studies at Dalhousie University, Canada. She is the author of Blake, Nationalism, and the Politics of Alienation (2004) and Ireland, India and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Literature (2007) and the editor of Irish Literature, 1750–1900: An Anthology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008).

A leading international authority on Romanticism, particularly its Irish dimension, Professor Wright's lecture at Boston College will explore debates on women’s education and their relationship to women’s authorship. Her lecture will be followed by an exploration of women’s writing as it relates to the same theme in the two centuries since Romanticism. Graduate students will offer brief reflections on key texts, extracts of which will be read by a professional actor.

This event is free and open to the public but registration is REQUIRED at Julia Wright talk

Professor Richard English
Professor Richard English

"Does Terrorism Work"
Professor Richard English
Monday, April 10, 4:00 pm
Devlin Hall, Room 101

Richard English is Professor of Politics at Queen's University Belfast, where he is also Distinguished Professor Fellow in the George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice.

His book, Does Terrorism Work? A History (Oxford University Press, 2016) offers a reflective, astute, and deeply knowledgable historian's answer to the the critical question of "does terrorism work?"

This event is free and open to the public but please register to attend at Richard English Lecture

 

Kevin Barry
Kevin Barry

THE 2017 IRISH WRITERS SERIES AT BOSTON COLLEGE
Kevin Barry presents The Burns Scholar Lecture for spring 2017
Wednesday, April 12, 4:30 pm
Burns Library Thompson Room follwed by
Reception in the Library's Irish Room


Kevin Barry presents: "A Writer's Apprenticeship". Kevin is one of Ireland's most acclaimed newer literary talents. In 2007 he was awarded the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature for his short story collection There are Little Kingdoms. In 2011 he released his debut novel City of Bohane, which won the International Dublin Literary Award in 2013 and 2012 saw the publication of his short story collection Dark Lies the Island. In November 2015 Barry's novel Beatlebone won the Goldsmith's Prize that aims to reward British and Irish fiction that breaks the mould or extends the possibilities of the novel form.

This event is free and open to the public but please register to attend at Kevin Barry Burns Lecture
 

Caitriona Palmer
Caitríona Palmer (photo by Megan Witt)

THE 2017 IRISH WRITERS SERIES AT BOSTON COLLEGE
Sponsored by Irish Studies in collaboration with the Institute for the Liberal Arts
Caitríona Palmer reads from An Affair with my Mother
Wednesday, April 19, 4:30 pm
Devlin Hall, Room 101

Caitríona Palmer was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. She studied at University College Dublin and in 1995 won a Fulbright Scholarship to complete her master’s at Boston College. She is a freelance journalist living in Washington and has written for the Irish Independent, the Irish Times, the Irish Echo, RTE Radio, and the BBC.

Her new book, An Affair with my Mother, is  a moving and gripping story of love, denial and a daughter’s quest for the truth, revealing the dark place that adoption holds in Ireland's history.

The Irish Examiner says, "An Affair with my Mother is not only an achingly honest account of Caitríona’s personal quest to find her roots; it’s also a forensic examination of the social issues surrounding it. Caitríona's story is "a searing portrait of the social and familial forces that left Sarah – and so many other unwed Irish mothers of her generation – frightened, traumatized and bereft."

The Daily Mail notes "When Caitríona Palmer decided to track down the mother who gave her up for adoption as a baby, her two greatest fears were that she would be dead or wouldn’t want to meet her. But in a new memoir she describes in heartbreaking details the complication she had never expected – that her mother would want to keep her a secret."

And the BBC reports, "Caitríona Palmer was given up for adoption in Ireland in the 1970s. She had a happy childhood and never felt the need to find her birth mother. But when she was in her 20s, she started working in Bosnia exhuming mass graves and the experience moved her to look for her birth mother. Today they have a good relationship, but it’s still a secret to some in their family."

This event is free and open to the public but please register to attend at Catriona Palmer


Connolly House

An Irish Studies Colloquium
Saturday, April 8
9 am - 6 pm
Connolly House


Please join the Center for Irish Programs at Boston College for a day-long Irish Studies colloquium. Further details will be posted on this site as they become available.


 

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Theology and Ministry Library Auditorium 
GPS coordinates for 117 Lake Street are: 42.3424444, -71.1638890

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

By Train
Take the Green Line (B train) to the Boston College stop. Walk from the T stop to Lake Street. Cross Lake Street at the intersection with Commonwealth Avenue and enter Brighton Campus (there is no sign at this entrance). Follow the sidewalk uphill past and around the School of Theology and Ministry (9 Lake St.) Once you have crested the hill and rounded a bend to your right past the school, you will see a large parking lot below. The Theology and Ministry Library (117 Lake Street) sits at the far northern edge of the lot.

From North of Boston
Enter Boston via the Tobin Bridge. Exit onto Storrow Drive. Follow Storrow Drive and take the Kenmore Square exit. Turn right and follow Commonwealth Avenue into Kenmore Square. Stay to the right and continue on Commonwealth Avenue for about 5 miles until you reach the main entrance to the Brighton campus on your right. Turn right onto Brighton campus and continue along the driveway until you see a large parking lot on your left. The Theology and Ministry Library (117 Lake Street) sits at the far northern edge of the lot.

From South and West of Boston
Take Route 128 North to exit 20A, to Route 9 East. Follow Route 9E past the first four traffic lights (about three miles). At the fifth light (there will be a CVS on your left), turn left onto Hammond Street. Continue over the bridge for 0.8 miles to the traffic light. This is Beacon Street; go across Beacon Street and take a quick right at the fork onto College Road. Continue for 0.3 miles. At the intersection with Commonwealth Avenue, turn right and continue to the set of traffic lights where Commonwealth Avenue intersects with Lake Street. At the traffic lights, turn left onto Lake Street and then make an immediate right turn into the Brighton Campus driveway (there is no sign at this entrance). Follow the driveway uphill past and around the School of Theology and Ministry (9 Lake St.) Once you have crested the hill and rounded a bend to your right past the school, you will see a large parking lot below. The Theology and Ministry Library (117 Lake Street) sits at the far northern edge of the lot.

From the Mass Turnpike (I-90)
Take I-90 East to Exit 17 (Newton/Watertown). Take the first right on to Centre Street. Proceed 1.5 miles to Commonwealth Avenue; take a left onto Commonwealth Avenue and continue to the set of traffic lights where Commonwealth Avenue intersects with Lake Street. At the traffic light, turn left onto Lake Street and then make an immediate right turn into the Brighton Campus driveway (there is no sign at this entrance). Follow the driveway uphill past and around the School of Theology and Ministry (9 Lake St.) Once you have crested the hill and rounded a bend to your right past the school, you will see a large parking lot below. The Theology and Ministry Library (117 Lake Street) sits at the far northern edge of the lot.

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:
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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.