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Seamus Heaney Memorial Lecture: Rónán McDonald: "Crediting Heaney"


in the Instiute's annual Seamus Heaney Memorial Lecture, Rónán McDonald, Professor of Modern Literature and Director of Irish Studies at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, will speak on the concept of "credit" in Seamus Heaney’s work, both as an ascription of value to art and a wily negotiation of faith and belief. It will look at Heaney’s justifications of poetry and its purpose in his critical essays and in his ars poetica (poems about poetry), alert to various configurations of balance and equilibrium.

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Digital Tools for Irish Studies

Rackham Bees

In this special session for Irish Studies resources, Irish Studies Librarian Aedín Clements will review the main bibliographic databases for Irish studies. The class will focus on lesser-known databases specific to Irish studies, and on other databases such as Hathi Trust, NCCO, and their uses for Irish Studies.

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Wrap-Up of "Ireland & Italy": The IRISH Seminar Joins with the Rome Seminar in Summer 2017

Author: Mary Hendriksen

Rome Seminar

As the Institute and its scholars continue to examine and probe the “worlding of Irish Studies,” this year, the IRISH Seminar joined with the University’s annual Rome Seminar to hold “Ireland & Italy” at the Rome Global Gateway, June 16-30. The Seminar’s executive director Barry McCrea, Donald R. Keough Family Professor of Irish Studies and Professor of English, Irish Language and Literature, and Romance Languages and Literatures, remarked: “The Ireland & Italy Seminar reversed many of my assumptions about the relationship between Ireland and Italy, and even about how culture travels.”

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