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Welcome to what I know will be another very agreeable gathering here at Connolly House. Those of you who attended last year will remember what a wonderful day we had. This year we’ll take much of last years formula (we’ll return to the 5-minute presentations every second year) and add to it. Our intention is once more to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and to allow you to establish or renew acquaintances and to meet the many young faculty and senior graduate students new to the scene.

As always, all faculty involved in Irish Studies in the area are heartily welcome to participate and/or attend. And this year we send out a particular invitation to bring along your senior graduate students for whom we’ve got a special panel of young published faculty: Maximize Your Potential–Publishing for Grad Students

We’re also delighted to be presenting for your entertainment Flann O’Brien’s brilliant comedy Thirst. See below! The program of events begins on Saturday April 17th at 10.00 a.m.

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Under the auspices of Boston College’s Center for Irish Programs, Executive Director  and University Professor of History

Dr Thomas E. Hachey

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INTRODUCTION

by The Vice-Consul-General of Ireland to Boston

Deirdre Ní Fhallúin

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Professor JOSEPH LENNON

incoming Chair of Irish Studies at Villanova University and author of the award-winning Irish Orientalism

on

WRITING AFTER HUNGER: JOYCE, YEATS, AND STEPHENS ON MacSWINEY’S HUNGER STRIKE

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Professor TOM BARTLETT

Chair of History at King’s College, University of Aberdeen and author of A Military History of Ireland

on

WHY THE IRISH LOVED THE EMPIRE

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followed by

STUFF: THE MATERIAL CULTURE OF IRELAND

with

Professor PAIGE REYNOLDS, Holy Cross

author of Modernism, Drama, and the Audience for Irish Spectacle

response

Professor PATRICK MORAN, Wake Forest

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then a special pictorial presentation

GAELIC GAMES IN THEIR CULTURAL CONTEXT

with Professor MIKE CRONIN

author of the acclaimed, The GAA: A People’s History

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LUNCH

will be served here in Connolly, after which we’ll have

Flann O’Brien’s hilarious comedy

THIRST

by the TURF  Theatre Company

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MAXIMIZE YOUR POTENTIAL: PUBLISHING FOR GRAD STUDENTS

a workshop of young professors hosted by KELLY SULLIVAN, Asst. Editor, Éire-Ireland

DATHALINN O’DEA Boston College.

Professor BRENDAN KANE, U. of Connecticut

Professor PATRICK MULLEN, Northeastern U.

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ROUND TABLE

for discussion and questions.