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Films, Performances & Lectures Highlight Spring Irish Studies Calendar

Hofstra’s Irish Studies Program, which offers students the opportunity to minor in Irish Studies or take courses on Irish business, dance, film, history, literature, politics, religion, theater, and society, has announced its schedule for Spring 2014. This semester is a celebration of Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney, who passed away in August 2013.

For more information on any of the events listed below, contact Dr. Gregory Maney at 516 463-6182 or Gregory.M.Maney@hofstra.edu. Tickets for the May 2-5 performances of Sean O’Casey’s Bedtime Story are available through the John Cranford Adams Playhouse Box Office at 516-463-6644. These events are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, February 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m.                
Reel Ireland Film Series: Out of the Marvellous
The Helene Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center, South Campus, California Avenue
The documentary takes an up-close look at the life and works of Seamus Heaney. Introduction and discussion facilitated by Professor Connie Roberts.

Wednesday, March 12, 11:15 a.m.-12:40 p.m.
Celebrating the Irish Writer
Main Floor of Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus
Warm up for St. Patrick’s Day by joining us and reciting a short snippet from your favorite reading by an Irish author or with an Irish-related theme.

Thursday, April 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Reel Ireland Film Series: My Left Foot
The Helene Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center, South Campus, California Avenue
Directed by Jim Sheridan and starring Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis and Academy Award winner Brenda Fricker, the film presents a distinctively Irish perspective on abilities and disabilities. Discussion facilitated by Professors Maggie Burke and Karyn Valerius. Co-sponsored by the Disabilities Studies Program at Hofstra.

Friday, May 2- Monday, May 5, 7 p.m.
Sean O’Casey’s Bedtime Story
Black Box Theater, New Academic Building, South Campus
This quick-moving, one-act play, directed by Professor Cindy Rosenthal and starring drama student Maggie Kissinger spotlights gender relations and sexual norms in mid-20th century Ireland, with hilarity and warmth. For tickets and information, please contact the John Cranford Adams Playhouse Box Office at 516-463-6644, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
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