Peter McQuillan, Associate Professor of Irish Language and Literature, will deliver the annual Breandán Ó Buachalla Memorial Lecture, a signature event in the Institute's academic year. The title of his lecture is: "Remarks on the History of Social and Political Concepts in Irish."
The lecture honors the memory of Breandán Ó Buachalla (1936-2010), who was the inaugural Thomas J. and Kathleen M. O'Donnell Chair of Irish Language and Literature at the University of Notre Dame and was instrumental to the success of both the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies and the Department of Irish Language and Literature.
Peter McQuillan holds a B.A. and M.A. from University College, Dublin, and a Ph.D. in Celtic languages and literatures from Harvard. Before coming to Notre Dame, he held the Sir John Rhys Studentship in Celtic Studies at Jesus College, Oxford University, and taught Irish at the University of Regensburg in Germany and at Harvard.
He has published articles in the Journal of Celtic Linguistics and Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium, and is currently preparing material for publication in Ériu and Éigse. He is the author of Modality and the Subjunctive Mood in Irish (2002) and Native and Natural: Aspects of the Concepts of Right and Freedom in Irish (2004), an analysis of the transformation of concepts of rights and freedom as expressed in the Irish language.
All are invited to a reception following the talk in the Keough-Naughton Institute suite, Room 3130 Jenkins-Nanovic Halls.