Events

Events

Irish Studies Music and Dance

Irish Studies Music and Dance

Performance by Irish Studies Fiddle and Dance program.

April 25

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

O'Neill Library, Outside in O'Neill Plaza Tent

Contact
arts@bc.edu

Partitioning Ireland

Partitioning Ireland

Partitioning Ireland

A one day conference (In memory of Professor Alan O’Day [1940-2017])

Connolly House, Boston College. Saturday, 27 April 2019, 9 am – 5:30 pm.

2019 marks the centenary of the Long Committee's report to the UK Parliament recommending the partition of Ireland. This conference will explore the history and legacies of that decision.

Speakers and papers

I. Global Context of Ireland’s Partition

Jason Knirck (Central Washington University), ‘Confederates, Boers, or Silesians? Irish Attempts to find Analogies for Partition in World History’.

Erik Goldstein (Boston University), ‘Partition and Peacemaking after the Great War’.

Shannon Monaghan (Harvard University), ‘Partition as Population Engineering: The Irish Boundary Commission in Comparative Context.

II. Parties Divided over Partition

Timothy McMahon (Marquette University), “It Does Not Matter What the Authors Meant”: Covenanters in Conflict, 1916-1920.

Neil Fleming (University of Worcester), ‘The Conservative Right and the Partition of Ireland’

Robert McNamara (Ulster University), ‘Frank MacDermot, de Valera and the Partition Question in Independent Ireland’ 

III. Nationalism and Partition

Peter McLoughlin (Queen’s University Belfast), ‘Redefining Partition: The Evolution of Nationalist Thinking on the Nature of a Divided Ireland.’

Bridget Keown (Northwestern University), ‘Medical Knowledge, Medical Institutions and Nation Building.’

Sean McGraw (University of Notre Dame), ‘Ireland’s Partition: Founding Moments Generate Space for Political Entrepreneurs.’

April 27

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Connolly House, first floor

Contact
Joan Reilly

Eugene O’Neill and Ireland

Eugene O’Neill and Ireland

Eugene O’Neill, the only American playwright to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature, wrote, “The one thing that explains more than anything about me is the fact that I’m Irish. And, strangely enough,” O’Neill complained, “it is something that all the writers who have attempted to explain me and my work have overlooked.”

 

Dan McGovern, president of the Eugene O’Neill Foundation, Tao House, will remedy that oversight.

 

McGovern is co-founder, along with Sean Reidy, of the Eugene O’Neill International Festival of Theatre in New Ross, Ireland. Also a Visiting Scholar in the theater department at the University of California, Berkeley, McGovern recently published “Eugene O’Neill’s Place in Irish Theater Today: Interviews with Irish Theater Scholars” in the Eugene O’Neill Society Review.

 

This event is presented in collaboration with the Eire Society of Boston. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

 

For general directions and parking information, please refer to the University's Admissions site. We recommend parking in the Commonwealth Garage.

April 30

7:00 PM

Burns Library

Contact
kate.edrington@bc.edu

Egan Irish Harps: Neoclassical Art Meets Traditional Music

Egan Irish Harps: Neoclassical Art Meets Traditional Music

This special performance lecture and reception celebrates the release of The Egan Irish Harps: Tradition, Patrons and Players by Nancy Hurrell of Braintree, MA, recently published by Four Courts Press with support from John J. Burns Library.

The harps of Dublin maker John Egan (fl.1797-1829) display the exquisite artistry of the late Georgian period, as evidenced by the two rare Irish harps in Burns Library. A self-taught harp maker, Egan was awarded a royal warrant by George IV and invented a new national instrument: the “Portable Irish Harp,” which proved vital to Ireland’s continued harping tradition. Hurrell will discuss Egan’s innovations and legacy, and play a 200-year old Egan harp from her own collection.

Hurrell is a harpist, harp historian, and consultant to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The leading authority on Egan, Hurrell spent a decade examining harps in museums and private collections and is author of the Egan entry in the Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (2014). A performer in several Boston early music ensembles, she has been a harp instructor at the Boston Conservatory and Brandeis University. Her groundbreaking CD, The Egan Irish Harp, is the first recording of an Egan Portable Irish Harp, c.1820.

This event is jointly sponsored by the Irish Georgian Society and Boston College Libraries. A full bar and hors d’oeuvres reception will begin at 5:00pm with the program to follow at 6:00pm. All are welcome. RSVPs appreciated.

For general directions and parking information, please refer to the University's Admissions site. We recommend parking in the Commonwealth Garage.

May 17

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Burns Library

Contact
kate.edrington@bc.edu