Lectures, Seminars and Readings Fall 2007


Friday, September 14th

J.M. Synge's Travel Essays
PJ Mathews, Trinity College Dublin, Naughton Fellow Professor of Irish Literature 3:00 PM 424 Flanner Hall

Friday, September 21st


Each year, this conference brings international speakers to Notre Dame to examine the role of the Irish Language in various disciplines. This year’s lecture will be: Language Change, the State and National Identity in Ireland Since the Great Famine.

3:00 PM Hesburgh Center Auditorium

Friday, September 28th

Learning from the Vernacular: Cultural Pattern in Historical Architecture
Henry Glassie, Indiana University
Co-sponsored with the Department of Anthropology 3:30 PM C100 Hesburgh Center


Tuesday, October 2nd

That Neutral Island: Researching Irish Culture During the Second World War
Clair Wills, Queen Mary, University of London 3:00 PM 424 Flanner Hall

Friday, October 12th

New Understandings of Heritage and Cultural Context of Tara
Muiris O'Sullivan, University College Dublin
3:00 PM 424 Flanner Hall

Saturday, October 13th

Saturday Scholars Series: Global Ireland: From Celtic Twilight to Celtic Tiger
Luke Gibbons, University of Notre Dame
12:00 PM Annenberg Auditorium, Snite Museum of Art

Friday, October 12th at 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm
Sunday, October 14th at 7:00 pm

Once (2006)

Debartolo Performing Arts Center Browning Cinema
Co-sponsored by Notre Dame Legal Aid

Saturday, October 14th

In America (2003) Immigration: A Notre Dame Perspective

Through the wide-open eyes of two young heroines, a devastating human tragedy becomes a riveting, humor-tinged story about memory, secrets, love, loss, coming together and starting over.

4:00 pm Debartolo Performing Arts Center Browning Cinema

Sunday, October 14th -Wednesday, October 17th

Race and Immigration in the New Ireland

The past ten years have been a period of profound change in Ireland. Hundreds of thousands of immigrants arriving from Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia are having a dramatic effect on almost every aspect of life on the island. This conference explores the social, legal, academic and artistic ramifications of immigration on the “New Ireland.”

The conference will open in Washington Hall, Sunday, October 14th at 7:15 PM with a keynote address by former President of Ireland and U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson. President Robinson’s speech will also help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Center for Social Concerns.

Race and Immigration in the New Ireland is co-sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns, private donors, the Government of Ireland and twenty-three Colleges, Departments, Institutes and Centers at the University of Notre Dame.

Tuesday, October 16th & Wednesday, October 17th

Kings of the Kilburn High Road
A Play by Jimmy Murphy, Arambe Productions, Dublin.

Founded in 2003 by Nigerian Performance Artist Bisi Adigun, this theatre company affords members of Ireland’s African communities the unique opportunity to express themselves through the arts.

Friday, October 19th

James Joyce’s Ulysses
Declan Kiberd, University College Dublin


Friday, November 2nd

“Irish Blood, Brain, and Brawn": The Campaign to Highlight the Irish Contribution to American History, 1880-1920
Ed O’Donnell,College of the Holy Cross
Hibernian Lecture, Cushwa Center
4:00 PM Hesburgh Center Auditorium.

The annual Hibernian Lecture is sponsored by the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism.

Friday, November 9th

Modernity and Tradition in the Irish Novel
Alan Titley, University College Cork
3:00 PM 424 Flanner Hall

Friday, November 16th

Postcards from the Edge: Social and Civic Life in Ireland's New Suburbs
Mary Corcoran, NUI Maynooth
3:00 PM 424 Flanner Hall

Friday, November 30th

The Flight (?) of the Earls
Breandán O'Buachalla, Thomas J. and Kathleen O'Donnell Chair of Irish Language and Literature, University of Notre Dame
3:00 PM 118 Debartolo Hall