Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies
The Burns Library Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies Chair was established in 1989 by a generous gift of the Burns Foundation of San Francisco, California. The Foundation was set up by the family of the Honorable John J. Burns, for whom the library is named. A distinguished scholar, writer or artist who has made significant contributions to Irish cultural or intellectual life is brought to Boston College for either a semester or full academic year. The Burns Scholar uses the library's renowned Irish Book and Manuscript Collection for his or her research.
Current Burns Library Visting Scholar in Irish Studies
John Horgan, Burns Library Visiting Scholar for Fall Semester 2014
Professor John Horgan, the Fall 2014 Burns Library Visiting Scholar in Political Science, has had a distinguished career bridging journalism, public life, and academia.
As a writer and editor for the Irish Times from 1962-1976, Horgan specialized in religious affairs and education as well as foreign press coverage. In 1969, he was elected to the Irish Senate and later to the Dáil and European Parliament. Horgan entered academic life in 1983, becoming Professor of Journalism at Dublin City University, a post he held until his retirement in 2006. The following year he was appointed as Ireland’s first Press Ombudsman.
Horgan received his doctorate in history from University College, Cork. He has published a number of acclaimed political biographies, including studies of Mary Robinson, Sean Lemass, and Noel Browne. He also authored a critical history of the Irish media since 1922. He has been a Fellow of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.
This semester at Boston College, Professor Horgan is teaching a course on the politics of constitutional change in Ireland from 1922-2013.
For further background on Professor Horgan’s career and his thoughts about the relationship of historical writing and journalism, see BC Chronicle interview with Professor Horgan published November 10, 2014.
Journalism—The First Draft of History?
Public Lecture, Wednesday, November 19, 4:30 p.m.
Thompson Room, John J. Burns Library of Boston College
The interplay between history and journalism has, in recent years, become the subject of increasingly vital attention in a technologically-driven era in which we are drowning in information yet still thirst for meaning. Typically treated by historians as a secondary source—and not necessarily a reliable one—journalism is now being studied in its own right as an essential component of social and cultural history in the widest sense. To examine journalism in the context of history generally does not mean taking sides in a turf war, but appraising its value as both a mirror and lens of society.
Previous Burns Library Visiting Scholars in Irish Studies
Terence Brown (Spring 2014)
Professor Emeritus of Anglo-Irish Literature, Trinity College Dublin.
Mary McAleese (Fall 2013)
President of Ireland from 1997 to 2011, McAleese was Ireland's second female president and its first president from Northern Ireland.
Peter Fallon (2012 - 2013)
Poet and publisher
Dermot Keogh (2011-2012)
Head of the Department of History at University College Cork
Listen to a lecture [1 hr 45 min] Dermot Keogh gave at the Burns Library on Mar. 28, 2012 entitled "Contrasting Studies of Irish Catholic Intellectuals in a Revolutionary Age, 1908-1919." Introductory remarks [approx. 3 min] were given by Thomas E. Hachey, Ph.D., University Professor of History and Executive Director of the Center for Irish Programs at Boston College. Response by Professor Joseph Lee, Glucksman Chair of Irish Studies and Director of Glucksman Ireland House at NYU.
Listen to a lecture [1 hr 32 min] Dermot Keogh gave at the Burns Library on Nov. 16, 2011 entitled "Ireland’s Relationship with the Holy See Reconsidered – From the End of the Civil War (1923) to the Papal Visit in 1979." Introductory remarks [approx. 3 min] were given by Thomas E. Hachey, Ph.D., University Professor of History and Executive Director of the Center for Irish Programs at Boston College. Response by Reverend Liam Bergin, Rector, Pontifical Irish College, Rome.
Nicholas Allen (Spring 2011)
Moore Institute Professor, National University of Ireland, Galway
Below, you can listen to a lecture [51 min] Nicholas Allen gave at the Burns Library on March 1, 2011 entitled "Jack Yeats and the Picture of Ireland." Introductory remarks [approx. 5 min] were given by Robert K. O'Neill, Ph.D., director of the John J. Burns Library at Boston College.
Francis Carroll (Fall 2010)
Professor Emeritus of History, National University of Manitoba
Below, listen to a lecture [61 min] Francis Carroll gave at the Burns Library on November 1, 2010, entitled " 'I thank God I have lived to see this day': The Official Visit of the First Irish Free State Leader, W. T. Cosgrave, to the United States in 1928." Introductory remarks [2 min] were given by Dr. Michael Cronin, Academic Director of Boston College -- Ireland.
Thomas Bartlett (2009-2010)
Professor of History, National University of Ireland
Video from Front Row: Ireland and the British Empire, 1690-1800
John F. Deane (Spring 2008)
Irish Poet and Fiction Writer
Below, listen to a poetry reading [1 hr] John Deane gave at the Burns Library on April 8, 2008. Introductory remarks [6 min] were given by Robert K. O'Neill, Ph.D., director of the John J. Burns Library at Boston College.
Brendan Kennelly (Fall 2007)
Listen to a poetry reading [1 hr] (Real Player required) Brendan Kennelly gave at the Burns Library in October 2007. Introductory remarks were given by Robert K. O'Neill, Ph.D.
Tom Garvin (2006-2007)
Professor of Politics, School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin.
View video from Front Row.
Maria Luddy (2005-2006)
Professor of History at the University of Warwick.
View video from Front Row.
Gerald Dawe (Spring 2005)
Poet literary critic; Director of Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing, Trinity College, Dublin.
View video from Front Row.
Mick Moloney (Fall 2004)
Professor of Music and the Irish Studies, New York University
Peter Gray (Spring 2004)
Senior Lecturer in History, University of Southampton
Margaret Kelleher (2002-2003)
Senior Lecturer, Department of English, National University of Ireland - Maynooth
Breandán Ó Buachalla (2001-2002)
Formerly of University College, Dublin
Patricia Donlon (2000-2001)
Former Director of the National Library of Ireland
Paul Bew (1999-2000)
Historian, Political Scientist, The Queen's University Belfast
Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill (1998-1999)
Irish poet, author
Bernard Meehan (Spring 1998)
Keeper of Manuscripts, Trinity College, Dublin
Alvin Jackson (1996-1997)
Historian, The Queen's University Belfast
Kevin Whelan (1996-1997)
Historian, geographer; Director of the Keogh Center for Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame
Timothy O'Neill (Spring 1995)
Seán Ó Tuama (Fall 1994)
Irish language scholar, National University of Ireland, Cork
Maurice Harmon (1993-1994)
University College, Dublin, Professor of Literature, literary critic and author
Margaret MacCurtain O. P. (1992-1993)
Historian, National University of Ireland, Dublin
Alf Mac Lochlainn (1991-1992)
Film and literary critic, bibliographer, cultural historian and novelist who served as director of the National Library of Ireland