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academic year 2016-2017

IRISH STUDIES EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


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.

Please let us know if you plan to attend by registering at Eibhear Walshe, "Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks"

Ten strings and a goat skin
Ten strings and a goat skin

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, 5:00 pm
Connolly House


Julia M. Wright is University Research Professor at Dalhousie University. She is the author of such books as Ireland, India, and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Literature (2007) and Representing the National Landscape in Irish Romanticism(2014), and the editor of a number of volumes, including two of Lady Morgan's novels and Irish Literature, 1750-1900: An Anthology (2008).


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 and the University's Pro-Vice Chancellor for Internationalization and Engagement.

He is the author of eight books, including the award-winning studies Armed Struggle: The History of the Ira (2003) and Irish Freedom: The History of Nationalism in Ireland (2006). 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?"

Professor English is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, an Honorary Fellow of Keble College Oxford, and an Honorary Professor at the University of St. Andrews. He has delivered invited lectures about his research in over twenty countries.

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

 

Govenor Martin O'Malley
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. For program details and to register, please visit:  https://www.irishcolloquium.org

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

The Irish Studies Colloquium for this year is loosely organized around a conversation about the past and future of Irish publishing and the influences of new media forms.  It is also a space for scholars in the New England area to discuss their recent work. 

Colloquium Opening -- 10.00am

Professor James H. Murphy, Interim Director of Irish Studies at Boston College, will offer introductory remarks to open the colloquium.  

 

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Olivia Smith and Kevin Barry

Olivia Smith and Kevin Barry will be in conversation with Andrew Kuhn about current trends in Irish literary publishing and book design.  WINTER PAPERS

Joycestick: A Gamification of Ulysses

Joe Nugent and his students preview the latest version of their virtual reality project which takes you into James Joyce's Dublin and the world of UlyssesJOYCESTICK

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Showcase for New Research in Irish Studies 

Faculty and graduate students from the New England area and beyond preview their latest research and discuss the future of Irish Studies.   Presenters include: Marjorie Howes, Rob Savage, Richard Kearney, James H. Murphy, Kelly Matthews, Patrick Mullen, Vera Kreilkamp, Stephanie Scott, and others.  


 

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Directions and Parking
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.