Celebrating Irish Arts, History and Culture This Spring

Every semester, Hofstra University’s Irish Studies program offers a series of films, performances, readings and lectures that are free and open to the public. The following Spring 2015 events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Greg Maney at 516-463-6182 or Gregory.M.Maney@hofstra.edu

EventsTuesday, February 10, 6-8 p.m. – Reel Ireland Film Series: Calvary

Written and directed by John Michael McDonagh and starring Brendan Gleeson, the film explores the challenges of maintaining faith and spiritual leadership amidst the disillusionment following the Catholic Church’s child sexual abuse scandal and the corrupt hedonism of the Celtic Tiger. Discussion to follow, facilitated by Maureen Murphy, Hofstra University.

Location: The Helene Fortunoff Theater, California Avenue, Monroe Lecture Center, South Campus.

EventsWednesday, February 25, 7:30-9 p.m. – Magdalen

Written and performed by Erin Layton, Magdalen is a one-person, award-winning play inspired by the true stories of the women and girls who passed through as unpaid, slave laborers in one of Ireland’s many Magdalene Laundries in the mid-20th century. Introduction by Professor Connie Roberts. This event is possible by generous support from the Department of Drama and Dance.

Location: Emily and Jerry Spiegel Theater, California Avenue, South Campus (across from Berliner Hall and Monroe Lecture Center). Seating is limited.

EventsWednesday, March 11, 11:15 a.m.-12:40 p.m. (Common Hour) – Celebrating the Irish Writer

Warm up for St. Patrick’s Day by reciting a short snippet from your favorite reading by an Irish author or reading something with an Irish-related theme. A light lunch will be available.

Location: Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, Main Floor, South Campus.


Wednesday, March 25, 11:15 a.m.-12:40 p.m. (Common Hour) – Casey at the Bat: A Talk by Richard Pioreck

Get ready for the start of the Major League Baseball season by learning about Irish contributions to baseball. This interesting talk is presented by Hofstra professor Richard Pioreck, who teaches creative writing and American literature.

Location: 103 Breslin Hall, South Campus

Wednesday, April 15, 2:55-4:20 p.m. – Poetry and the Art of Peace: A Performative Talk by Pádraig Ó Tuama

Poet, theologian and conflict mediator Pádraig Ó Tuama will address the role of poetics in queer religious dialogue. Ó Tuama is community leader of the Corrymeela Community – the best-known faith-based peace and reconciliation group in Northern Ireland. This event is made possible by generous support from LGBT Studies, MISPO, Women’s Studies, and the Center for Civic Engagement.

Pádraig Ó Tuama

Location: The Helene Fortunoff Theater, California Avenue, Monroe Lecture Center, South Campus.

Thursday, April 16, 6-8 p.m. – A Queer Kind of Peace: A Talk by Pádraig Ó Tuama

Pádraig Ó Tuama focuses on the lessons that the Northern Ireland peace process holds for dialogue on LGBTQ issues. This event is made possible by generous support from LGBT Studies, the Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives, MISPO, and the Center for Civic Engagement.

Location: 104 Brower Hall, South Campus.

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