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.


 
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Boston College Irish Studies Welcome

Writers Talk: John Banville & Richard Ford in Conversation

Writers Talk: John Banville & Richard Ford in Conversation

John Banville is the author of seventeen novels including, most recently, Mrs. Osmond. His novel The Sea won the 2005 Man Booker Prize. Born in Wexford, Ireland, and currently living in Dublin, Banville first gained international prominence through a series of four books, Dr. Copernicus, Kepler, The Newton Letter, and Mefisto, all linked by an interest in math or astronomy. His series of mystery novels appear under the pseudonym Benjamin Black. Banville has been awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, Guardian Fiction Prize, Franz Kafka Prize, Irish PEN Award, Prince of Asturias Award for Literature, and the Ordine della Stella d’Italia.

Richard Ford’s first novel, A Piece of My Heart, appeared in 1976. Born in Jackson, Mississippi and currently dividing his time between Maine and New York, he is the author of six other novels, among them The Sportswriter, Let Me Be Frank with You, Canada, and Independence Day, which received the 1996 Pulitzer Prize and is the second volume in his acclaimed Frank Bascombe series. Ford is also the author of five short story collections and a memoir about his parents, Between Them. Recipient of the Rea Award for the Short Story, Pen/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, Pen/Faulkner Award, Prince of Asturias Award for Literature, and Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, Ford is Mellon Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University.

Banville and Ford have been close friends for thirty-five years.

September 23

7:00 PM

A Poets’ Tribute to Michael and Edna Longley

A Poets’ Tribute to Michael and Edna Longley

Organized by the Poets’ Theatre in Cambridge, the tribute to Michael and Edna Longley will be introduced by artistic director Bob Scanlan and will feature short readings and remarks by poets and critics Owen Doyle, Amanda Gann, David Gullette, Fred Marchant, Suzanne Matson, Kelly Matthews, Robert Pinsky, Lloyd Schwartz, Andrew Sofer, Daniel Tobin, and Meg Tyler.

Michael Longley will conclude the program by reading selections of his own poetry.

Please RSVP by October 2.

October 07

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Concert of traditional Irish music with County Down's Tommy Sands

Concert of traditional Irish music with County Down's Tommy Sands

Tommy Sands, County Down's singer/songwriter has achieved something akin to legendary status in his own lifetime. Sands is a rare combination of author, singer, songwriter, and social activist. Please join us for this inspiring event.

October 16

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

"Digital Humanities & the 1641 Depositions Project" presented by Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, Trinity College Dublin

"Digital Humanities & the 1641 Depositions Project" presented by Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, Trinity College Dublin

 This talk will reflect on the contribution that the 1641 Depositions Project (2007-10) has made to Digital Humanities.  The ‘1641 depositions’ record the events that surrounded the outbreak of the 1641 rebellion primarily from the perspective of the protestant community. In all, about 8,000 depositions or witness statements, examinations, and associated materials, by thousands of men and women of all social classes, amounting to 19,010 pages and bound in 31 volumes, are extant in the Manuscripts and Archives Research Library of Trinity College Dublin. They document losses of goods and chattels, military activity, and the alleged crimes committed by the Irish insurgents, including assault, imprisonment, the stripping of clothes, and murder.

Since 2010, the depositions have been freely accessible online at http://1641.tcd.ie.  What impact has this project had on historical research and our ability to engage with citizen scholars? How has it shaped the discipline of ‘Digital Humanities’ and related conversations around multi-inter, and trans-disciplinarity? 

October 25

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

"Unstoppable Irish: Songs & Integration of the New York Irish, 1783-1883 by Dan Milner

"Unstoppable Irish: Songs & Integration of the New York Irish, 1783-1883 by Dan Milner

The Unstoppable Irish: Songs and Integration of the New York Irish, 1783-1883 will be published on 30 March 2019 by the University of Notre Dame Press (undp.nd.edu).  The book contends that Irish-Catholics integrated rather than assimilated into the New York populace, and examines ways in which traditional, street and early popular songs can enhance historical knowledge by commenting on events from a street-level perspective. Dan Milner's lecture will be followed by a concert of Irish music.
 

November 07

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

EORAIP: Gaelic Ireland in Medieval & Early Modern Europe

EORAIP: Gaelic Ireland in Medieval & Early Modern Europe

Just how “European” was Gaelic Ireland in the pre-modern era? In the historiography of the medieval and early modern periods, Gaelic Ireland is often depicted as a cultural backwater. Speakers at this conference will examine the extent to which Irish Gaels participated in European cultural trends during the first millennium or so of Irish history and the degree to which they thought of themselves as belonging to a European community.  This may be an appropriate moment for such an examination as Europe faces a new questioning of its identity today.

November 23

9:00 AM – 5:30 PM

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