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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.
Irish playwright, writer, and poet Sebastian Barry is the author of nine works of fiction, three volumes of poetry and fourteen plays. His latest works include Days Without End (2016) and The Temporary Gentlemen (2014). His honors include two Costa Book of the Year awards, and his work has twice been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Barry has served as an Honorary Fellow in Writing at the University of Iowa and Villanova University, and as a Writer Fellow at Trinity College, Dublin. Barry is the second-ever Laureate for Irish Fiction, serving from 2018-2021.
Presented by the Lowell Humanities Series and cosponsored by the Irish Studies Program.
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM