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Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Irish Culture & Society
The Center for Irish Programs, under the leadership of Director James H. Murphy, encompasses all Irish initiatives at Boston College including the University's Irish Studies program, the Irish Institute, the Burns Library Irish Collections, Boston College Ireland in Dublin, and the Gaelic Roots Program.
Boston College was founded, in part, to educate the sons of Irish emigrants who had settled in Boston. Today, the Center for Irish Programs continues this important mission. Through links within the academic, business, non-profit, and government communities of Ireland and America, the Center seeks to support and connect the many Boston College students, alumni, and friends with an interest in all things Irish.
Our Boston College Ireland facility in Dublin is host to numerous academic, civic, and political leaders of prominence from Ireland, Northern Ireland, the United States, and Great Britain.
Irish Studies has become, over the past decade, a budding and fast-growing academic field in China with impressive achievements in institutional development and scholarly research.
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Book presentation and donation ceremony with local author Ellen B. Alden who has written an historical novel which includes a collection of American Civil War letter from hier Irish great, great, grandfather, Florence Burke.
Niall Vallely possesses a unique approach to playing the concertina and has established himself worldwide as one of Ireland’s most significant musicians and composers. Since the early 1990s Niall has worked at composing traditional-style tunes. His tunes have been recorded on more than 75 albums while some of them have become ‘standards’ throughout the world. Over the past year he has released albums of new compositions and had premiere performances of new music at Liberty Hall, Dublin and the Market Place Theatre, Armagh.
6:30 AM – 8:30 PM
In his Boston College debut, award-winning novelist and short story author Donal Ryan will read from a selection of his works. Donal's forthcoming novel, From a Low and Quiet Sea, scheduled for release by Penguin Random House in July, tells the story of three men, each searching for something they have lost; a lover, a brother, a Syrian homeland.
The Irish Studies Doctoral Students of Boston College, in conjunction with the Center for Irish Programs, are pleased to launch Comhfhios Boston College, an annual conference emphasizing new theories, new media, and innovative approaches to Irish Studies. Comhfhios, meaning “knowledge together” or “open to all knowledge,” invites emerging scholars in Irish Studies to gather in Boston, share research projects, and generate new discourses within the discipline. This year will focus on the concept of “Living Irishness”: topics can include pop culture, cross-culture, new materialisms, the everyday, and representations of what it means to live or perform Irishness. Featuring a keynote address by Angela Bourke (Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore, UCD) and a presentation by Richard Kearney (Philosophy, BC), the day-long event will also include a panel presentation and a “unconference” roundtable. Comhfhios Boston College will conclude with a reception and special performance.
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
The winning of women's right to vote was among the great social and political changes of the second decade of the twentieth century in Ireland. Marie Coleman, Queens University Belfast, will present a talk that explores the origns and consequences of the enfranchisement of women.
They mine tune books, collections, and recordings for old and new tunes and songs. They add to those discoveries fiddler Liz Knowles’s compositions, harmonies, and arrangements, Kieran O’Hare’s encyclopedic knowledge of tunes and the uilleann piping tradition, and the rhythmic bedrock bouzouki and world-class singing of Dublin-born Pat Broaders.
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
"Open the Door for Three" is a road-tested, audience-approved, high-octane, fist-in-glove, laughing-out-loud trio of Irish musicians. The group mines books, collections, and readings for old and new tunes, adding to their discoveries with new arrangements and the signature sound of good friends playing great music together.
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
This symposium, hosted by Burns Scholar Professor Jason Knirck, will bring together a number of Irish historians working in the United States to discuss their ongoing work on Irish politics and culture.
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Burns Scholar Lecture, "A Loyal Opposition? The Development of Parliamentary Opposition in the Irish Free State"
Professor Jason Knirck traces the ways in which political opposition developed under the difficult circumstances of the decade after the winning of Irish Independence. A brief reception will follow.