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Irish Studies Calendar

academic year 2015-2016

Professor Declan Kiberd
Professor Declan Kiberd

Wednesday, September 23
7:00 p.m.
Gasson Hall Irish Room
The Lowell Humanities Lecture series at Boston College

Professor Declan Kiberd, an Irish writer and scholar is known for his literary criticism of Irish literature in Irish and English and his contributions to public cultural life, will present a lecture titled:

"Militarism or Modernism? Intellectual Origins of the  Easter Rising, Dublin 1916"

Kiberd is the Donald and Marily Keough Professor of Irish Studies and professor of English at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to that, he held the Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama at University College, Dublin.

While this event is free and open to the public, we appreciate your registration for our planning purposes. Register here

Irish musician Rose Clancy
Rose Clancy


Thursday, September 24
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Theology & Ministry Library auditorium on BC's Brighton campus
Admission is free

An evening of traditional Celtic music with fiddle player Rose Clancy, who will be joined by her father Eugene Clancy on guitar and brother John Clancy on upright bass.

The Gaelic Roots Series is Sponsored by the Boston College Center for Irish Programs in collaboration with the University Libraries.


Professor Margaret Kelleher
Professor Margaret Kelleher


Thursday, October 1
BC's Inaugural Adele Dalsimer Lecture
6:00 p.m.
Devlin Hall, Room 101

Professor Margaret Kelleher, University College Dublin, is BC's inaugural speaker for the Adele Dalsimer Lecturer series in Irish Studies. 

Her lecture is titled: "Focla Dégheanach (Dying Words): The Execution of Myles Joyce (Galway, 1882) and Its Continuing Legacy".

Professor Kelleher is a highly influential literary critic whose work on nineteenth-century literature, women's writings, and on the historical relationship between English and Irish has reshaped the field of Irish literary studies over the last two decades.

Please join us for a reception immediately to follow at Connolly House, 300 Hammond Street, Chestnut Hill.

While this event is free and open to the public, we appreciate your registration for our planning purposes. Register here

Irish Dance and Céilí
Irish Dance and Céilí


Thursday, October 15
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Gasson Hall Irish Room
Chestnut Hill campus
Admission is free

Irish Dance and Céilí directed by Kieran Jordan, a renowned dance performer and teacher as well as a member of the Boston College faculty. Dancers of all ages are welcome to join in, and no prior dance experience is necessary. Live music will be directed by fiddle master Séamus Connolly, Sullivan Artist-in-Residence in Irish Programs.

The Gaelic Roots Series is Sponsored by the Boston College Center for Irish Programs in collaboration with the University Libraries.


Paul Murray
Paul Murray

Tuesday, October 20
4:00 p.m.
Connolly House
300 Hammond St., Chestnut Hill

Paul Murray will visit the Boston College campus on Tuesday, October 20, in connection with his new novel The Mark and the Void. Murray is one of the best young Irish contemporary writers. His first novel, An Evening of Long Goodbyes, was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Prize in 2003. His second novel, Skippy Dies, was longlisted for the Booker Prize in 2010. We hope to have copies of his book, The Mark and the Void, available for his visit. While this event is free and open to the public, we appreciate your registration for our planning purposes.

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W. B. Yeats
W. B. Yeats


Saturday, October 24
10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Devlin Hall, Room 101
Lunch location: Connolly House, 300 Hammond St., Chestnut Hill

A one-day conference will be held to celebrate the 150th anniversary of W.B. Yeats

Presenters include:
  Michael Wood, Princeton University
  Carrie Preston, Boston University
  Rebecca Troeger, University of Connecticut
  Elizabeth Loizeaux, Boston University
  Paige Reynods, College of the Holy Cross
  John Paul Riquelme, Boston University
  Andrew Kuhn, Boston College

Particpants are encouraged to bring a favorite Yeats poem to read!

While this event is free and open to the public, we appreciate your registration for our planning purposes. Register here

Irish musicians Paddy O'Brien on accordion and Nathan Gourley on fiddle
Paddy O'Brien & Nathan Gourley


Thursday, November 12
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Theology and Ministry Library auditorium on BC’s Brighton Campus
Admission is free

Join accordion master Paddy O’Brien and fiddle player Nathan Gourley for a night of traditional Irish music.

The Gaelic Roots Series is Sponsored by the Boston College Center for Irish Programs in collaboration with the University Libraries.


Kevin Barry
Kevin Barry

Wednesday, November 18
noontime
Connolly House
300 Hammond St., Chestnut Hill

We are pleased to have Kevin Barry visit campus on Wednesday, November 18. His new novel, Beatlebone, will be published by Canongate in October. Kevin will read from the novel on this occasion. Barry was the winner of the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Lunch will be served at this Connolly House event. While this event is free and open to the public, we appreciate your registration for our planning purposes.

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Professor James H. Murphy
Professor James H. Murphy


Wednesday, November 18
4:30 p.m.
Burns Visiting Scholar Lecture presented by James H. Murphy
The Thompson and Irish Rooms of the Burns Library at Boston College

Professor James H. Murphy, BC's fall 2015 Burns Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies  will present:

"Novelists and Politicians in 19th Century Ireland"

James Murphy is a leading scholar of nineteenth-century Ireland who has authored, or edited, more than a dozen books.  He is Professor of English and a former director of Irish Studies at DePaul University, Chicago.

We hope that you will join us for his lecture and reception immediately to follow.

While this event is free and open to the public, we appreciate your registration for our planning purposes. Register here

Professor Monica McWilliams
Professor Monica McWilliams


Wednesday, December 9
5:00 p.m.
Devlin Hall, Room 101

Professor Monica McWilliams presents this year's Flatley Family Lecture, entitled:

"Women and the Peace Process in Northern Ireland"

Monica McWilliams is Professor of Women’s Studies and Research Fellow in the Transitional Justice Institute at Ulster University. She co-founded the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition political party in 1996 and was elected to the multi-party peace talks leading to the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement.

Professor McWilliams is the author of a range of publications on domestic violence and women’s role in conflict resolution. For her work on the peace process, she was a joint recipient of the John F. Kennedy Library Profile in Courage Award.

Please join us for a reception immediately to follow at Connolly House, 300 Hammond Street, Chestnut Hill.

While this event is free and open to the public, we appreciate your registration for our planning purposes. Register here


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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: http://www.bc.edu/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 http://www.bc.edu/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.