Jane Ohlmeyer Lecture Today

April 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Professor Jane Ohlmeyer is Erasmus Smith’s Professor of Modern History at Trinity College, Dublin. She is an expert on the New British and Atlantic Histories and has published widely on a number of themes in early modern Irish and British history. Her books include Civil War and Restoration in the Three Stuart Kingdoms (Cambridge, 1993); Ireland from Independence to Occupation, 1641-1660 (editor, Cambridge, 1995); and Political Thought in Seventeenth-Century Ireland (editor, Cambridge, 2000). Her new book is Making Ireland English: How the Aristocracy Shaped Seventeenth-Century Ireland, published in April 2012 with Yale University Press.

Also, please note that O’Donnell Distinguished Visiting Professor of Irish Studies Clair Wills will give a lecture entitled “The Apotheosis of Clay: Beyond Irish Naturalism” at 3:00PM this Friday, April 20th, in 424 Flanner followed by the launch of Faculty Fellow Sara Maurer‘s new book The Dispossessed State: Britain, Ireland, and Narratives of Ownership in the Nineteenth Century in the Institute.

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James Hackett Walton (1937-2012)

April 11, 2012 Leave a comment

A great friend of Irish studies at Notre Dame passed away on Sunday.  Jay Walton was a treasured member of our community.  We at the Institute will always be grateful for the time he spent working with our faculty and students.

Valerie Sayers, Chair of the English Department at Notre Dame wrote beautifully about Jay: 

Jay’s contributions to this department are legendary, but the chief one was, and remains, his friendship, offered always with the delights of witty literary conversation that, if we were lucky, was spiced up with a good measure of politics.  Officially an Eighteenth Century man, Jay ranged effortlessly across centuries: many of us spent profitable hours hearing him out on Felix Holt and Finnegans Wake, The Golden Bowl and The Golden Notebook.  He was an astute reader and editor of poetry, too, who put together a wonderful collection of Notre Dame poets, The Space Between, and made unsung contributions to the Notre Dame Review.  In addition to his erudite scholarly writing, which includes The King’s Business, a collection of Anglo-Irish political correspondence, and Vision and Vacancy: The Fictions of J.S. Le Fanu, Jay wrote a novel, Margaret’s Book, which remains a marvel of concision and invention, a beautiful balancing act that holds idea and emotion in fearful and delightful tension.  Our best students, undergraduate and graduate, revered him as much for his acerbic bons mots as for his personal generosity.  Toward the end of his career at Notre Dame, Jay made lasting contributions to the Creative Writing Program, which amused and bemused him in equal measure, and to the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, which–I think it is safe to say–just delighted him.  The rest of his career did not end, however: after he retired from teaching, Jay was still writing and reading fiction and criticism.  His writing and his spirit live on, but for the moment, many of us are bereft and a little bewildered.  Life without Jay? Unthinkable.

The family tentatively plans a wake today from 3 to 7 pm at Welsheimer Funeral Home; with ceremonies led by members of the English Department at 6 p.m.

Notre Dame story here.

Obituary here.

South Bend Tribune story here.

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Nicholas Canny Lecture Today

March 27, 2012 Leave a comment

The Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies welcomes the inaugural Herbert Allen and Donald R. Keough Distinguished Visiting Professor, Nicholas Canny for the second of his two-part lecture “A Protestant or Catholic Atlantic World? Confessional Divisions, Evangelization and the Writing of Natural History: The Practice,” March 27 at 4:00 PM in 119 O’Shaughnessy Hall.

All are welcome.

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Irish Film Series Tomorrow

March 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Please join us tomorrow for the next two features in our Irish Film Series at the Browning Cinema of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

At 6:30PM see a selection of of nine shorts in which talented filmmakers look beyond Ireland to paint big ideas on small canvasses.

At 9:30PM join us for From the Sky Down, a documentary looking back twenty years to U2’s recording of an album that nearly destroyed but ultimately saved Ireland’s greatest rock band.

For tickets and info, visit performingarts.nd.edu.

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Nicholas Canny Lecture Wednesday

March 20, 2012 Leave a comment

You are invited to join the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at a two part lecture from the inaugural Herbert Allen and Donald R. Keough Distinguished Visiting Professor, Nicholas Canny. The lectures will address the question “A Protestant or Catholic Atlantic World? Confessional Divisions, Evangelization and the Writing of Natural History.” Part one “The Theory” will take place this Wednesday, March 21 at 4:00PM and part two “The Practice” will be held next Tuesday, March 27 at 4:00 PM. Both lectures will be in 119 O’Shaughnessy Hall.

Professor Canny is a Member of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council and Professor Emeritus of History at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where he served as Founding Director of the Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities, 2000-11, and as Vice President for Research, 2005-8. He was President of the Royal Academy 2008-11. He is a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and a Member of the American Philosophical Society. An expert on early modern history broadly defined, Professor Canny edited the first volume of The Oxford History of the British Empire (1998)and, with Philip D. Morgan, edited The Oxford Handbook of the Atlantic World, c1450-c1850 (2011). His major book is Making Ireland British, 1580-1650 (Oxford, 2001), for which he was awarded the Irish Historical Research Prize 2003; an award he had previously won in 1976 for his first book The Elizabethan Conquest of Ireland: a Pattern Established, 1565-76.

All are welcome.

For a complete list of the remaining talks this semester, please click here.

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Denise Ayo Lecture on Friday

February 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Please join the Institute for a lecture by Denise Ayo entitled Mary Colum: “The Best Woman Critic in America this Friday, February 23 at 3:00 PM in 424 Flanner Hall.

Denise A. Ayo is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Notre Dame and a member of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies. She specializes in British and Irish modernism with an emphasis on print culture and gender issues. Her dissertation, “Constructing and Performing the Modern Woman of Letters: Virginia Woolf, Rebecca West, and Mary Colum,” examines how three prolific critics self-consciously construct and perform competing female critical personae during the interwar period. She received a distinguished pass on her candidacy exams in Spring 2009 and will defend her dissertation in Summer 2012. She has taught an undergraduate course of her own design, “Narrating the Mind in Modern Fiction,” in Fall 2009 as well as three semesters of first year composition. During her career at Notre Dame, she has been awarded a Diversity Fellowship, a Zahm Research Travel Grant, and an Adjunct Teaching Fellowship and has presented papers at the 2008 and 2010 ACIS National Conference as well as the 2007 and 2009 North American James Joyce Conference. She received her B.A. in English and Plan II from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005. Her article “Scratching at Scabs: The Garryowens of Ireland” appeared in the 2010 Joyce Studies Annual and the Journal of Modern Literature will be publishing her article “Mary Colum, Modernism, and Mass Media: An Irish-Inflected Transatalntic Print Culture” in 2012. She is also editing a selected volume of Mary Colum’s critical works and looking for interested publishers. For more information, visit deniseayo.com.
All are welcome.

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Ó Conchubhair Lecture Today

February 10, 2012 Leave a comment

You are invited to join the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies Today, February 10 at 3:00 p.m. in 424 Flanner Hall for a lecture by Brian Ó Conchubhair entitled “Inscribing the Waterscape in Eighteenth-Century Ireland.” Professor Ó Conchubhair is Associate Professor in the Department of Irish Language and Literature.

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