Events

Gaelic Roots concert featuring Dave Curley and Andrew Finn Magill

Gaelic Roots concert featuring Dave Curley and Andrew Finn Magill

Multi-instramentalist and singer Dave Curley has collaborated with everyone from Grammy award winners Moya Brennan of Clannad to Ross Holmes of Mumford and Sons. Andrew Finn Magill, an Asheville native, is an All-Ireland finalist fiddler and Ropeadope Recording artist. Come hear two of the most exciting young musicians in the US for a night of Irish tune and song!

January 30

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Theology and Ministry Library, Auditorium

Contact
Joan Reilly

The Dalsimer Memorial Lecture: "Fully Made She Will be Strong": Embodiment, Parenthood, and Healing in the Contemporary Irish Novel

The Dalsimer Memorial Lecture: "Fully Made She Will be Strong": Embodiment, Parenthood, and Healing in the Contemporary Irish Novel

There has been a recent turn in Irish fiction, away from negative representations of the parent-child bond to a more hopeful form of representation—one oriented toward narratives of healing and remediation. This lecture will offer a reading of  Anne Enright’s The Gathering and The Green Road, Belinda McKeon’s Solace, and Anna Burns’s The Milkman, arguing that the recuperated parental body is symptomatic of a wider movement-- away from trauma and toward narratives of recovery—characteristic of the twenty-first century Irish novel. Presented by Kate Costello-Sullivan, Le Moyne College. President, American Conference for Irish Studies.

February 04

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Connolly House, Andover Room

Contact
Joan Reilly

Relocating Nationalism between the Regional and Transnational: Unexpected Lessons from the Lives and Works of Amateur Historians

Relocating Nationalism between the Regional and Transnational: Unexpected Lessons from the Lives and Works of Amateur Historians

This lecture will explore how current discussions on the place of Ireland and Northern Ireland in Europe and the wider world may benefit from a reappraisal of two largely-neglected Irish intellectuals: Richard Robert Madden (1798-1886) a Dublin-based Catholic physician, novelist, journalist, colonial administrator, abolitionist and historian, and Francis Joseph Bigger (1863-1926), a Belfast-based Protestant solicitor, naturalist, social reformer, cultural revivalist and antiquarian.

Guy Beiner, Professor of History at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer Sheva, Israel, is the 2019-2020 Burns Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies at Boston College. His most recent book, Forgetful Remembrance: Social Forgetting and Vernacular Historiography of a Rebellion in Ulster (Oxford, 2018) is the winner of the Irish Historical Research Prize for 2019, awarded by the National University of Ireland, and other honors.

Wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres will be offered beginning at 6:00pm, followed by the lecture at 7:00pm, and continuation of the reception at 8:00pm. All are welcome.

 

Limited free parking on Linden Lane and Commonwealth Avenue. Paid visitor parking available in BC’s Commonwealth Ave. Garage. For details, see bc.edu/burns/visit.

February 18

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Burns Library

Contact
kate.edrington@bc.edu

Helen Phelan presents “Full of Miracles From Childhood”

Helen Phelan presents “Full of Miracles From Childhood”

Helen Phelan presents “Full of Miracles From Childhood”: Miracles in the Liturgies and Lives of Irish Medieval Saints, a Gaelic Roots event.

Helen Phelan is Professor of Arts Practice at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Ireland. This presentation explores the signs and miracles in the lives of Irish medieval saints including Patrick, Brigid, Columcille, Brendan and Columbanus. It looks at two main sources: the lives of saints, particularly from the 15th century Book of Lismore; and medieval liturgical chants, particularly from notated Offices and other Irish liturgical sources.  The presentation includes sung examples of medieval Irish chant and concludes with a discussion of contemporary rituals, tracing their inspiration to these signs and wonders.

February 20

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Connolly House, Andover Room

Contact
Joan Reilly

Cartoons and the Irish: “Twist a Few Tails”

Cartoons and the Irish: “Twist a Few Tails”

Irish historian Felix Larkin will outline the history of Irish cartoons, from Mathew Carey’s Volunteers’ Journal to Martyn Turner, and cartoons about the Irish, from Daniel O’Connell to Brexit.

Cartoons tend to be undervalued as historical sources. While good history – like good journalism – must be nuanced, reflecting the complexity of issues and situations, good cartoons cut through the verbiage with simple truths that override complexity and get to the heart of the matter. Cartoons can provide great insight into contemporary perceptions of past events, and the arguments – and passions – engendered by those events, as well as opportunities for historians to enhance their work with engaging images.

Felix M. Larkin is a former chairman of the Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland, and has published widely on the history of the press in Ireland and other topics.

Light refreshments will be served following the presentation.

March 12

4:15 PM

Burns Library

Contact
kate.edrington@bc.edu

Gaelic Roots concert with harp and guitar featuring Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman

Gaelic Roots concert with harp and guitar featuring Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman

The award-winning virtuoso partnership of “one of the UK’s greatest guitarists” (BBC RADIO 2) with “the doyenne of Irish harpers” (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY) has toured in twenty-three countries to venues ranging from the tiniest of village halls and historic European churches to palaces in Kyoto and Istanbul, London’s Barbican, Sydney Town Hall and Cologne's Philharmonie; recorded nine CDs; and given TV and radio performances on five continents. Expect a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque, spiced with striking new compositions and Chris’s “delightfully subversive wit”!

March 19

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Theology and Ministry Library, Auditorium

Contact
Joan Reilly