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Visiting Professor Ian McBride

Author: Margaret Lloyd

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Ian McBride, Professor of Irish and British History at King’s College London, joined the Institute as Patrick B. O’Donnell Visiting Professor of Irish Studies this fall. His time in the Institute was spent developing two projects he is currently pursuing: eighteenth century Ireland and the role of historians in making sense of the Northern Ireland conflict.…

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Irish Studies professor talks high modernism

Author: J.P. Gschwind

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Professor of Irish Language and Literature Brian Ó Conchubhair delivered the lecture “1916 and High Modernism,” focused on a re-evaluation of Eoghan Ó Tuairisc’s novel “Dé Luain” in the context of modernism Friday in Flanner Hall. This was the final lecture in the Lectures and Public Talks Series sponsored by the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies.…

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Lord Rosse's Great Telescope

Author: Todd Boruff

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During the summer of 2014, University of Notre Dame senior Anastasia Wright spent three weeks in Ireland studying the 19th-century astronomer William Parsons, the third Earl of Rosse. Lord Rosse is best known for building a 72-inch telescope, the largest in the world until the early 20th century. “He trained his own workers. He built his own forge. I found that really fascinating and that got me wondering why someone like him would be building such a thing at the time,” said Wright, a history

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2015 Spring Semester Irish Studies Courses Announced

Author: Margaret Lloyd

In Spring 2015 students may choose among Irish Studies class offerings in Irish language - from beginning to advanced, an introduction to Irish writers including Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde and Brian Friel, as well as the story of Irish America.
 
Taught by Keough-Naughton faculty fellows in Irish Language and Literature, History, English, Gender Studies, Anthropology, Film, Television, and Theatre, and American Studies departments, classes encompass a wide range of Irish history, literature, drama and language. Class offerings include:…

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Lecture explores role of Irish Literature in world

Author: Clare Kossler

Ph.D. candidate Kara Donnelly discussed the role of Irish literature relative to other literary genres in the lecture “Contemporary Irish Novels and World Literature in English: The Case of the Irish Booker” at Flanner Hall on Friday.

Donnelly said she wanted to examine specifically the influence of Irish literature on the world stage.…

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Keough-Naughton Institute Part of New Keough School of Global Affairs

Author: Dennis Brown

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The University of Notre Dame announced on Wednesday, October 1, the creation of the first new college or school at the University in nearly a century—the Donald R. Keough School of Global Affairs. R. Scott Appleby, a scholar of global religion and a member of Notre Dame’s faculty since 1994, will serve as the Marilyn Keough Dean of the school.

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Meet Keough-Naughton Fellow Sophie Sweetman McConnell

Author: Margaret Lloyd

Keough-Naughton Fellow Sophie Sweetman McConnell

The Institute is joined this semester by visiting fellow Sophie Sweetman McConnell.  Sophie’s association with the Keough-Naughton Institute began when she was tipped off by her brother, Richard Sweetman, to attend the initial Irish Seminar “Memory and History: Ireland 1500-2000” in Dublin in 1999.  A member of the Ireland Council, Richard did everyone a good turn that day, as the Institute since has benefitted from Sophie’s intellect, warmth and good humor.…

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Irish Language and Literature Major Caelin Miltko

Author: Margaret Lloyd

Irish Language and Literature Student Caelin Miltko

Just a sophomore, Caelin Miltko jumped headfirst into Irish Studies and is maximizing the opportunities available to students in the Irish Studies program.  An English, Irish Language and Literature supplementary major with a minor in Journalism, Caelin came to Notre Dame to major in Irish.  Reading works by W.B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney and Bobby Sands at her Montana high school inspired a deep interest in the subject and her research indicated Notre Dame was the best place to pursue that interest.…

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Meet Nathaniel Myers

Author: Margaret Lloyd

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Nathaniel Myers, English Ph.D. 2015, explores the tightrope walk between public and private grief in his dissertation “Death Matters: Lyric, Affect and Ethics in British and Irish Elegy.”  Examining elegies written by Irish poets Seamus Heaney, Paul Muldoon, Maeve McGuckian and British poets Jeffrey Hill and Denise Riley, Nathaniel considers the language and form these writers used in their public expression of private grief and finds that “the personal work of mourning is always also cultural.”…

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Naughton Gift Fuels Research on Both Sides of the Atlantic

Author: Joanne Fahey

The Naughton Fellowship program allows students with a background in, or aptitude for, STEM fields to experience international research and educational opportunities through a funded exchange program involving the University of Notre Dame and four of Ireland’s leading research universities. Irish undergraduates, Master’s students, and Ph.D. candidates can come to Notre Dame on the fellowship, while Notre Dame undergraduates, Master’s students, and Ph.D. candidates can travel to Ireland to study and research.

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Acclaimed Irish musician Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin to present recital/lecture for annual Hibernian Lecture

Author: Heather Gary

Acclaimed Irish musician Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin will present this year’s Hibernian Lecture,  “Chief O’Neill’s Music of Ireland,” on Friday, Oct. 3 at 4:00 p.m. at the Carey Auditorium in Hesburgh Library.

Ó Súilleabháin is chair of music and founding director emeritus of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. Noted for his development of a uniquely Irish traditional piano style, he has recorded extensively with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and has released more than 10 CD recordings.

 

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Institute Welcomes Four Visiting Fellows

Author: Margaret Lloyd

Institute Welcomes Four Visiting Fellows

Four new scholars of Irish Studies have joined the Keough-Naughton Institute as visiting fellows during the 2014-15 academic year. John Kelly, Donald R. Keough Distinguished Professor; Sophie Sweetman McConnell, Keough-Naughton Fellow; Sarah L. Townsend, Keough-Naughton Fellow and Ian McBride, Patrick B. O'Donnell Visiting Professor of Irish Studies.…

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Keough Family Professor of Irish Studies Barry McCrea to chair International Brendan Behan Conference in Rome Global Gateway

Author: Margaret Lloyd

Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway is the setting for the International Brendan Behan Conference titled “Brendan Behan: Rescuing the Writer from the Myth.”  Barry McCrea, Keough Family Professor of Irish Studies and Professor of English and Romance Languages with co-chair John McCourt of University of Rome elected to examine Behan’s work on the 50th anniversary of his death.

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Anthropology professor’s study analyzes Irish immigration

Author: Gabriela Malespin

Ian Kuijt, professor of anthropology at Notre Dame, presented his findings regarding the importance of the hearth and its connection to the narrative of Irish immigration in the Snite Museum of Art on Saturday.

Kuijt’s research, titled “The Empty Hearth: Archeological Insights into Irish America,” centered on the documentation and analysis of archeological findings on Inishark, an island located approximately eight miles off the coast of the mainland and abandoned in 1960 in less than 24 hours.

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2014 Summer Interns

Author: Margaret Lloyd

The Dublin summer internship program has long been a hallmark of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies.  Under the direction of an internship coordinator at Keough Naughton Notre Dame Centre, the University’s Dublin global gateway, rising seniors work with partner organizations based on their intellectual passions, individual expertise and career ambitions.…

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Seamus Heaney Memorial Lecture Announced

Author: Margaret Lloyd

The Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame announces the Seamus Heaney Memorial Lecture on Thursday, August 28th at 4 PM in the Morris Inn on campus. "'To set the darkness echoing': in memoriam Seamus Heaney, 1939-2013" will feature a poetry reading by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and remarks by John Kelly.…

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Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies Awards Two 2014-2015 Keough NEH Fellowships

Author: Margaret Lloyd

The Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies announces two scholars have been selected as Keough National Endowment for the Humanities Fellows for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Matthew Gertken and Florence Impens will join the Institute in the fall.

The Keough NEH Fellowship is highly selective and enables outstanding scholars to continue research while in residence in the Keough-Naughton Institute during the academic year. The Fellowship was established with support from a 2.25 million NEH challenge grant in 1998. This year marks the first time two scholars were awarded the fellowship.…

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2014 Irish Seminar Creates More Questions than Answers

Author: Margaret Lloyd

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The 2014 Irish Seminar took place June 16-July 4 in Dublin, Ireland with lectures, public readings and seminars at the Royal Irish Academy and O’Connell House, Notre Dame’s Dublin global gateway.

An annual event since 1999, this year participants explored the theme of “The Vernacular Imagination”, during a period of exceptionally fine Irish summer weather. Chair Diarmuid Ó Giolláin

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Sphere of Influence

Author: Brendan O’Shaughnessy ’93

Walk out the front door of Notre Dame’s “Global Gateway” in Rome and you can turn one way for the ancient Colosseum or the other for fourth century churches and catacombs — all within a few blocks.

Photo by Matt Cashore '94

The neighborhood exhibits such a rich blend of Roman and Church history that Notre Dame created a series of nine walking tours, which all start at the Gateway building on Via Ostilia. To research and write the tours, Italian Studies at Notre Dame tapped a former instructor, Chiara Sbordoni, an expert in Roman literature and culture who actually grew up in that neighborhood. That’s only one example of the international educational connections the Gateway concept hopes to nourish.…

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New Faculty Fellows Announced

Author: Margaret Lloyd

The Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies announces the appointment of two new faculty fellows: 

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John F. Sherry,Jr. is the Raymond W. & Kenneth G. Herrick Professor of Marketing, Chair of the Marketing Department and concurrent Professor of Anthropology. His studies focus on the socio-cultural and symbolic dimensions of consumption and the cultural ecology of marketing.   …

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Notre Dame Scholars Contribute to Annual ACIS Conference

Author: Margaret Lloyd

The American Conference for Irish Studies recently completed its annual conference.  Taking place June 11-14, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland the conference featured numerous Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies faculty fellows, graduate students and former visiting scholars.  A large multidisciplinary scholarly organization, the American Conference for Irish Studies membership draws from the United States, Ireland and Canada.…

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Irish Seminar Opens Bloomsday in Dublin

Author: Margaret Lloyd

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The 16th annual Irish Seminar opens on Monday June 16th, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland.  This year the Irish Seminar explores the idea of "The Vernacular Imagination," under the direction of Executive Director Diarmuid Ó Giolláin.  Says Ó Giolláin, “Vernacular Imagination promises to be a multidisciplinary approach to the question of the people, vernacular language and popular culture in modern (if not only in modern) societies.”  …

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The Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies announces support for a Digital “Reading Early Modern Irish” Project.

Author: Wes Hamrick

The Keough-Naughton Institute will be one of several supporting institutions for a major Digital Humanities project entitled “Reading Early Modern Irish: a Digital Guide to Irish Gaelic (c.1200-1650).”  As part of a multi-year collaboration with universities in Ireland and the United States, including the University of Connecticut, Harvard, Trinity College Dublin and NUI Galway, the project will produce a web-based application for learning to read and translate Early Modern Irish in both print and manuscript.…

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Dan O’Brien, Murphy Irish Exchange Program Fellow

Author: Margaret Lloyd

The Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies welcomes Dan O’Brien of University College Cork as the 2014-2015 Murphy Irish Exchange Program Fellow.  Now in its third year, the Exchange program is fulfilling its aim to promote research in Irish studies at the graduate level through a partnership between the University of Notre Dame and the University College Cork, Ireland.…

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President Higgins' Remarks Emphasize Vital Links Between Notre Dame and Ireland

Author: Margaret Lloyd

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Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, spoke warmly of the connections between the University of Notre Dame and Ireland at a luncheon hosted by the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies in Chicago on May 13, 2014.

The President was joined by his wife, Sabina Higgins and the Irish Ambassador to the United States, Anne Anderson.…

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Institute Fellows recognized for Superior Writing and Teaching

Author: Margaret Lloyd

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Professor of English Susan Harris’ article “Mobilizing Maurya: J.M. Synge, Bertolt Brecht, and the Revolutionary Mother” was awarded honorable mention by Modern Drama prize committee.  Modern Drama, founded in 1958, is the most prominent journal in English to focus on dramatic literature. …

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Seniors Recognized for Excellence in Irish Studies

Author: Margaret Lloyd

Two seniors were recognized graduation weekend for their scholarship in Irish studies. 

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Samantha Caesar, a Political Science major with minors in Irish Studies and Peace Studies, received the Donald and Marilyn Keough Award for Excellence in Irish Studies.  First introduced to Irish Studies through her Irish language classes with Professor Mary O’Callaghan, Sam enjoyed a steady diet of Irish Studies classes: Irish politics, literature, history and film.…

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Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland to speak to Ireland Council, Notre Dame International and Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies Fellows in Chicago

Author: Margaret Lloyd


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President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins is the guest of honor at a luncheon hosted by the University of Notre Dame and the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at the Chicago Club, Chicago, Illinois.

President Higgins will speak to the University’s Ireland Council, Notre Dame International and Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies Fellows about the many connections between Ireland and Notre Dame. …

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The Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies Announces the 2014 National Endowment for the Humanities Seminar

Author: Margaret Lloyd

2013-2014 Keough National Endowment for the Humanities fellow James “Wes’ Hamrick will present “Revising the Public Sphere in the Four Nations” at 4 pm Friday, April 25th in 424 Flanner Hall.  His presentation marks the culmination of his fellowship year as an NEH scholar within the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies. …

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