Boston College offers a Minor in Irish Studies and a wide range of successful graduate programs within the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Students may obtain an MA with a concentration in Irish History, an English department MA in Irish Literature and Culture; a PhD with a major field in Irish History; and a PhD in English with a concentration in Irish Literature.
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 Studies Events
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Christine Cusick is an Associate Professor of English/Composition and Director of the Honors Program at Seton Hill University in Greensburg. She specialises in Twentieth Century British and Irish Literature and Environmental Humanities. Her research and publications are in the areas of Irish Studies, Ecocriticism, Creative Nonfiction, Writing Pedagogy and Cultural Geography. Christine was editor, with Derek Gladwin, of Unfolding Irish Landscapes: Tim Robinson, Culture and Environment and has also written on the representation of animals in Irish literature and on James Joyce and the environment.
4:30pm EST / 9:30 pm Irish time
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Kevin Barry: Writing the West: The Influence of Place, Dialect, and Hauntedness in the Fiction of Kevin Barry
Gasson Hall, 100
Kevin Barry is the author of the novels City of Bohane, Beatlebone, and Night Boat to Tangier and the story collections Dark Lies the Island and There Are Little Kingdoms. His awards include the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Goldsmiths Prize, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize, the Lannan Foundation Literary Award, and the Rooney Prize. For City of Bohane, he was short-listed for the Costa First Novel Award and the Irish Book Award, and won the Author’s Club Best First Novel Prize, the European Union Prize for Literature, and the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. In 2019, Night Boat to Tangier was longlisted for the Booker Prize. His stories and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, Granta and elsewhere. He also works as a playwright and screenwriter, and he lives in County Sligo, Ireland.
Kevin Barry will give a lecture on the topic of place, dialect and hauntedness in his novels, followed by an audience Q&A. This event coincides with the 6th Biannual Conference of the International Flann O’Brien Association.
Irish Studies at Boston College is located on BC's Chestnut Hill campus at:
300 Hammond Street, floor 2
Chestntut Hill, Massachusetts, 02467
Acting Director of Irish Studies
Professor Robert Savage
Assistant to the Director