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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.
Niall Vallely possesses a unique approach to playing the concertina and has established himself worldwide as one of Ireland’s most significant musicians and composers. Since the early 1990s Niall has worked at composing traditional-style tunes. His tunes have been recorded on more than 75 albums while some of them have become ‘standards’ throughout the world. Over the past year he has released albums of new compositions and had premiere performances of new music at Liberty Hall, Dublin and the Market Place Theatre, Armagh.
6:30 AM – 8:30 PM
In his Boston College debut, award-winning novelist and short story author Donal Ryan will read from a selection of his works. Donal's forthcoming novel, From a Low and Quiet Sea, scheduled for release by Penguin Random House in July, tells the story of three men, each searching for something they have lost; a lover, a brother, a Syrian homeland.
The Irish Studies Doctoral Students of Boston College, in conjunction with the Center for Irish Programs, are pleased to launch Comhfhios Boston College, an annual conference emphasizing new theories, new media, and innovative approaches to Irish Studies. Comhfhios, meaning “knowledge together” or “open to all knowledge,” invites emerging scholars in Irish Studies to gather in Boston, share research projects, and generate new discourses within the discipline. This year will focus on the concept of “Living Irishness”: topics can include pop culture, cross-culture, new materialisms, the everyday, and representations of what it means to live or perform Irishness. Featuring a keynote address by Angela Bourke (Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore, UCD) and a presentation by Richard Kearney (Philosophy, BC), the day-long event will also include a panel presentation and a “unconference” roundtable. Comhfhios Boston College will conclude with a reception and special performance.
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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 origns 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
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