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Irish Studies at Boston College
Boston College has had a long tradition of engagement with Ireland and its culture. The university was founded, in part, to educate the children of Irish Catholic emigrants in Boston. The Irish Studies program at Boston College began in 1978 and is one of the leading international centres for Irish Studies. Boston College offers academic programs for students in Irish Studies and the Irish Studies program hosts lectures and conferences open to members of the Boston College community and the public. Gaelic Roots hosts Irish music and dance events. The Burns Library has an outstanding collection of Irish books and manuscripts. The Burns scholar program enables the university to welcome leading international figures in Irish Studies to the campus for a semester or a year. The McMullen Museum regularly hosts Irish-related exhibitions. BC Ireland is Boston College’s home in Dublin, Ireland.
The winning of women's right to vote was among the great social and political changes of the second decade of the twentieth century in Ireland. Marie Coleman, Queens University Belfast, will present a talk that explores the origins and consequences of the enfranchisement of women.
"Open the Door for Three" is a road-tested, audience-approved, high-octane, fist-in-glove, laughing-out-loud trio of Irish musicians. The group mines books, collections, and readings for old and new tunes, adding to their discoveries with new arrangements and the signature sound of good friends playing great music together.
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
The Great Famine Voices Roadshow is an open house event that will feature short talks about the Irish National Famine Museum in Strokestown Park and the Great Hunger by the leading expert in the field, Professor Christine Kinealy from Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University. Beginning at 5:30pm, it will also include a display of Burns Library’s Famine-related holdings, and a beer, wine and cheese reception. The Roadshow will provide a forum for Bostonians to share their memories and stories of migration, and to strengthen their sense of ancestry and historical and current Irish connections.
4:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Burns Scholar Lecture, "A Loyal Opposition? The Development of Parliamentary Opposition in the Irish Free State"
Professor Jason Knirck traces the ways in which political opposition developed under the difficult circumstances of the decade after the winning of Irish Independence. A brief reception will follow.
Cillian Vallely, uilleann pipes and low whistle player from Armagh in the north of Ireland, and Kevin Crawford, an exceptional flute, whistle, and bodhran player, have joined forces to create a critically acclaimed album, "On Common Ground:. They will be joined by up and coming Irish acoustic guitarist Patrick Doocey.
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
A day-long symposium during which four panels will explore Hume's major contributions to advancing civil and human rights and the crucial role he has playing in shaping the Irish peace process. The event includes the American launch of "John Hume: In His Own Words", Four Courts Press.
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM