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Irish Studies Calendar

academic year 2016-2017

The Center for Irish Programs at Boston College

IRISH STUDIES EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Seán ó Sé
Seán ó Sé

The Gaelic Roots Series at Boston College is pleased to present:

Seán Ó Sé: Saol Caite le hAmhráin agus Scéalta / A Life in Song and Story. A film by Matthew Allen


Thursday, September 15, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
BC's Theology & Ministry Library auditorium
117 Lake Street, on the Boston College Brighton campus

  
Seán Ó Sé’s long and illustrious career has touched all bases in the Irish music business spanning from his work in the 1960s to his many decades of musical performance and story telling in genres as diverse as concerts, céilí band, and cabaret. The film features live performances and interviews with longtime associates from the worlds of music and education. Produced by Matthew Allen, with the support of UCC School of Music and Theatre, Cork Film Centre, and Wheaton College MA, it was shown for the first time on TG4 (Irish-language television) on New Year’s Day 2016.

Gaelic Roots events are free and open to the public but please let us know if you plan to attend by registering at: 9/15/16 Gaelic Roots concert and film with Seán ó Sé and Matthew Allen

Matthew Allen film
1916: the Irish Rebellion
1916: the Irish Rebellion


Please join the Boston College Center for Irish Programs in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies for a screening of the film: 1916: The Irish Rebellion.

The screening (86 minutes long) will be followed by discussion and a reception sponsored by the Irish Consulate. This event is free and open to the publc.

Monday, September 26, 2016
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Murray Function Room, Yawkey Center
Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Narrated by Liam Neeson, this landmark documentary tells the dramatic story of events that took place in Dublin during Easter Week 1916, when a small group of Irish rebels took on the might of the British Empire. The documentary – featuring a combination of rarely seen archival footage, new segments filmed on location worldwide, and interviews with leading international experts – also uncovers the untold story of the central role Irish Americans played in the lead-up to the rebellion. Although defeated militarily, the men and women of the Easter Rising would wring a moral victory from the jaws of defeat and inspire countless freedom struggles throughout the world – from Ireland to India.

An initiative of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame, this documentary tells the story of the 1916 Easter Rising in a comprehensive way and, for the first time, places these events in their proper historical, political, and cultural context as the precursor to an independent Irish state and the disintegration of colonial empires worldwide.

Please let us know if you plan to attend by registering at: 1916: the Irish Rebellion

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



Saturday, October 15, 2016
9 am - 4pm
Devlin 195 South


Gamifiction: Immersed in Tomorrow

Gaming, VR, and Digital Pedagogy

What's the future for texts such as James Joyce's Ulysses? Can we imagine a totally immersive 3D experience for the great modernist novel?

This one-day conference led by Boston College Professor Joe Nugent, considers these questions. With speakers: Sarah McPhee (Winship Distinguished Research Professor, Emory University), Austin Mason (Assistant Director of the Humanities Center for the Digital Humanities & Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Carleton College), andAaron Deevy (3D modeler, The Discovery Programme, Ireland).

For further information please visit:
immersedintomorrow.wordpress.com

This event is limited to registered participants. Consult this website for registration details, which will be available as the event nears.

Sarah McPhee
Sarah McPhee, Winship Distinguished Research Professor, Emory University
Scot Osterweil
Scot Osterweil, Creative Director of the Education Arcade & a research director in the MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing Program.
Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill
Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill


Tuesday, October 18, 2016
5-6:30 pm
Devlin Hall, Room 101


"A Celebration of Contemporary Irish Poetry".
A poetry reading in celebration of Louis de Paor's Leabhar Na hAthghabbhála: Poems of Repossession.

Join us for a special evening as leading poets from Ireland read and discuss selections from this newly published anthology of Irish-language poetry with English translations, edited by Louis de Paor.

De Paor is chair of Irish Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and the Fall 2016 Burns Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies at Boston College.

Please register to attend at: Poems of Repossession


Len Graham and Brian Ó hAirt
Len Graham and Brian Ó hAirt


The Gaelic Roots Series at Boston College is pleased to present:

The music of Len Graham & Brian Ó hAirt

Thursday, October 20, 2016
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
BC's Theology & Ministry Library auditorium
117 Lake Street on the Boston College Brighton Campus


The music of Len Graham & Brian Ó hAirt, singers whose decade-old friendship bridges generations, captures the magic of Irish traditional music in “The Raw Bar”.  Although their personal styles reflect origins of greatly disparate regions, these fine artists have accomplished a rich collaboration of music on their newest release, 'The Road Taken'.

Gaelic Roots events are free and open to the public but please let us know if you plan to attend by registering at: Oct. 20 Music of Len Graham & Brian Ó hAirt

 

Professor Ronan McDonald
Professor Ronan McDonald

Thursday, October 27, 2016
5:00 p.m.
Andover Room, Connolly House
300 Hammond Street

The Boston College Irish Studies Program is pleased to welcome Professor Ronan McDonald, School of Humanities & Languages, University of New South Wales, Australia. Samuel Beckett is remembered as perhaps the leading playwright of the late twentieth century and Boston College holds a major archive of his work. Professor McDonald is a leading authority on the works of Beckett and the literature of his time.

This event is free and open to the public but please do let us know if you plan to attend by registering at:  Oct. 27 lecture: "The Value of Beckett"
 

Professor Jim Shanahan
Professor Jim Shanahan


Wednesday, November 2, 2016
4:00 p.m.
Connolly House Andover Room
300 Hammond Street, Chestnut  Hill


Please join us for a lecture by Professor Jim Shanahan, Dublin City University, titled:

"Suffering Rebellion: Ireland and the Roots of Gothic Fiction"

The growing interest in Gothic fiction in recent decades has led to the discovery of how much Gothic literature is rooted in Irish experience and writing.

This event is free and open to the public but please let us know if you plan to attend by registering here: Nov. 2, "Suffering Rebellion: Ireland & the Roots of Gothic Fiction"

 

Professor Louis de Paor
Professor Louis de Paor


Please join the Center for Irish Programs and the Burns Library at Boston College

Wednesday, November 9th, 4:30 p.m.
Burns Library, Thompson Room
Recption immediately following in the Irish Room


BC's Fall 2016 Burns Visiting Scholar Professor Louis de Paor will present:

"Lethal in Two Languages: Flann O'Brien and Máirtín Ó Cadhain"

A passing reference to Flann O’Brien’s The Third Policeman in the television series Lost, and new translations of Ó Cadhain’s Cré na Cille (The Dirty Dust) have generated new interest in the lives and works of two of Ireland’s most accomplished yet neglected writers. Ó Cadhain once boasted that he was lethal in the two official languages of the Irish State, while Flann O’Brien, one of the great comic writers of the 20th-century, insisted that many of those he pilloried found him “far from funny.” Professor de Paor's talk will focus on some of the parallels and differences between two of Ireland’s most brilliant writers and contrarians, on the historical context in which they emerged, and their contributions to world literature.

This lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Thompson Room of the Burns Library on BC's Chestnut Hill campus and will be immediately followed by a reception in the Irish Room of the Burns Library. Please let us know if you plan to attend by registering at: Burns Scholar lecture; Prof. Louis de Paor

Irish musician Robbie O'Connell
Irish musician Robbie O'Connell


Thursday, November 10, 2016
6:30-8:30 pm
Cadigan Alumni Center
117 Lake Street
Boston College Brighton campus


With the release, in 1982, of his first solo album, "Close to the Bone," Robbie emerged as an artist of major stature. In 1991, he won a prestigious Boston Music Award as Outstanding Celtic Act & was featured in the highly acclaimed TV series "Bringing It All Back Home." In 1992 he performed at Carnegie Hall with the Clancy Brothers & was seen by an estimated 500 million people on the worldwide telecast of a live tribute to Bob Dylan at Madison Square Garden, a performance that Rolling Stone magazine described as "breathtaking.” In 2006 Robbie began an ongoing collaboration with cousins Aoife and Donal Clancy. The Clancy Legacy, their first CD together, was released in 2010. He is currently working on a solo CD of his own compositions.

James Joyce
James Joyce



Saturday, November 12
9 am - 5 pm
Connolly House


"Joyce and the Energy of Modernism", a day-long Joyce conference featuring Professors Enda Duffy (University of California, Santa Barbara), Michael Wood (Princeton University) and Joseph Nugent (Boston College.

Professor Enda Delaney
Professor Enda Delaney


Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Devlin Hall, Room 101
4:00-6:00 pm


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


This lecture will explore why, when, and how Ireland became modern. It will outline a new interpretative framework for understanding the transformation of Ireland from the late eighteenth century onwards focusing on the Irish encounter with modernity.

This event, sponsored by the Center for Irish Programs at Boston College, 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 Irish Studies Program of Boston College is pleased to announce the 2017 Adele Dalsimer Memorial Lecture to be presented by Professor Clair Wills, Leonard L. Milberg '53 Chair of Irish Letters at Princeton University

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

Thursday, February 23, 2017
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Devlin Hall, Room 101

This event is free & open to the public, but please do let us know if you plan to attend by registering at: 2017 Dalsimer Lecture


 

NOTE: PLEASE REFERENCE OUT WEBSITE FOR UPDATES OR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AS THE SEMESTER PROGRESSES.




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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:
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.