Hofstra Irish Cultural Events

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Professor Greg Maney, the head of Hofstra’s Irish Studies Program and a truly great Irish American, just sent the list of upcoming events on Ireland and the Irish in America. Check these terrific programs out.

Irish Studies Program at Hofstra University Events Calendar for Fall 2012

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted!

Date: Sunday, September 16, 2012
Event: 40th Annual Irish Feis and Festival
Admission: $10 per person; children under 16 free as long as they are accompanied by an adult
Time/Location: 9am-6pm; south campus Lacrosse fields
Description: The Irish Studies Program at Hofstra is proud to host and to support the Nassau County Ancient Order of Hibernians in presenting its 40th annual Irish Feis and Festival. The Feis is a celebration of Irish culture and history. The day features traditional dance and piping competitions and an Irish marketplace.
Co-Sponsors/Info.: Nassau County Ancient Order of Hibernians. For further information, contact
Sean O’Rourke at chairman@nassauaohfeis.com

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2012
Event: Larry Kirwan’s Rock and Read Tour
Time/Location: 6:00-8:00, Helene Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center,
south campus, California Avenue (ample public parking in back)
Description: The lead vocalist and guitarist for Black 47 will perform songs and read from his latest novel Rockin the Bronx. Kirwan’s songs, books, plays, and musicals both capture and shape contemporary Irish American identity.
Co-Sponsors/Info.: Hofstra University Honors College. For further information, contact PeggyAnn Matusiak
at (516) 463-4785.

Date: Monday, October 1, 2012
Event: Reel Ireland Film Series: The Secret of Kells
Time/Location: 4:30-5:55pm, Cultural Center Theater (directly across from Axinn Library entrance)
Description: Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, the film presents a fanciful, fictitious account of the creation of the Book of Kells—a stunningly illustrated presentation of the four Gospels of the New Testament and other Biblical passages. Discussion to be facilitated by Prof. Phyllis Zagano.
For more information, contact Dr. Maureen Murphy (516 463-6775; Maureen.O.Murphy@hofstra.edu)
Irish Studies Program at Hofstra University Events Calendar for Fall 2012

Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Event: Ireland Since Vatican II—A Talk by Dr. Margaret MacCurtain
Time/Location: 11:10am-12:35pm, Room 104 Davison Hall, South Campus (across from Hofstra Hall)
Description: Margaret MacCurtain is an Emeritus Lecturer from the Irish History Department of University College Dublin and Professor at the School of Irish Studies, Dublin. A former member of the Academic Council of the Irish School of Ecumenics, she served on the Catholic Communications Council set up by the Catholic hierarchy after Vatican Two.

Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Event: Reel Ireland Film Series: Once
Time/Location: 6-8pm, Helene Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center,
south campus, California Avenue (public parking in back)
Description: Written and directed by John Carney, starring Glen Hasard and Markéta Irglová. Set in boom-town Dublin yet hinting of pending decline, this film explores the personal and cultural crossroads of migration. “Falling Slowly” won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Original Song. Discussion to be facilitated by Prof. Maureen Murphy.

Date: Monday, November 19, 2012
Event: The Catholic Church in Ireland Today—A Talk by David Gibson
Time/Location: 4:30-5:55pm, Cultural Center Theater (across from Axinn Library) Description: David Gibson is an award-winning religion journalist, author, and filmmaker. A former newscaster for Vatican Radio, he now writes for the Religion News Service. In his talk, Mr. Gibson will discuss religious issues in contemporary Ireland.
Co-Sponsors/Info.: Commonweal Magazine and the Hofstra Department of Religion.
For further info., contact Prof. Phyllis Zagano at (516) 463-5008.

Date: Tuesday, November 30, 2012
Event: The Wreck of the Brig St. John and Its Commemoration: A Talk by Catherine Shannon
Time/Location: 11:10am-12:35pm, Room 104 Davison Hall, South Campus (across from Hofstra Hall)
Description: On Sunday, October 7, 1849, a ship full of famine emigrants from County Galway wrecked off the coast of Cohasset, MA. In her talk, Ms. Shannon offers contemporary accounts of the tragedy and traces the history of commemorations.
For more information, contact Dr. Maureen Murphy (516 463-6775; Maureen.O.Murphy@hofstra.edu)


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