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.

James Murphy

Boston College Irish Studies Welcome

How Can Historians Study Forgetting?

How Can Historians Study Forgetting?

Professor Guy Beiner, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev,Beer Sheva, Israel and 2019-20 Burns Scholar at Boston College, specializes in the historical study of remembering and forgetting. His most recent book is the critically acclaimed "Forgetful Remembrance: Social Forgetting and Vernacular Historiography of a Rebellion in Ulster", Oxford University Press, 2019. Please join us for this brown bag lunchtime lecture.

November 21

12:00 PM – 1:30 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

Galley Head Lighthouse Ireland