HOW GREEN IS THE EMERALD ISLE

An afternoon program titled “How Green Is the Emerald Isle? Ireland and the Environment” Saturday, Nov. 4, from 1:00-5:00 p.m. in the 3M Auditorium in Owens Science Center.

Date & Time:

Saturday, November 4, 2017
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Admission:

Free and open to the public

Location:

3M Auditorium in Owens Science Center on the university’s St. Paul campus.

The University of St. Thomas will present an afternoon program titled “How Green Is the Emerald Isle? Ireland and the Environment” Saturday, Nov. 4, from 1:00-5:00 p.m. in the 3M Auditorium in Owens Science Center on the university’s St. Paul campus.  The program is sponsored by the Center for Irish Studies, the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and the Office of Sustainability Initiatives.

Free and open to the public, the program features:

  • Geographer Alison Donnelly of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (a native of County Louth, Ireland), speaking on climate change and the Irish landscape;

  • Performances of “Irish Music of Place” by traditional singers and musicians Norah Rendell and Brian Miler;

  • Atlantic, a documentary film about Ireland and the North Atlantic fisheries.


Donnelly, the keynote speaker, is an associate professor of geography at UW Milwaukee. She is the author of numerous scientific articles, and is a frequent public speaker on environmental issues, both in public and at specialized venues.  At UWM, she teaches courses on such subjects as environmental geography and the history of climate.


Norah Rendell and Brian Miller are mainstays of the traditional Irish music scene in the Twin Cities. Rendell is a singer, flute player and whistle player who specializes in the traditional songs of Ireland and Canada. For the past 15 years, she has toured internationally with several ensembles, including seven years as lead singer and flute player for the award-winning group, The Outside Track.  She is the executive director of the Center for Irish Music in St Paul, and holds an MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick, and has recorded on nine albums.

Miller is a singer, guitarist, flute, and tin whistle player, and an accomplished researcher of traditional music. The librarian at the Celtic Junction Arts Center and a teacher at the Center for Irish Music, he co-founded the Traditional Singers Club of the Twin Cities. His recordings have been featured on MPR, CBC Radio’s "Canada Live", and in Ireland on RTE and TG4 (television) and RTE (radio). Brian is a two-time grant recipient from the Minnesota State Arts Board for his work with the Irish-influenced music of Midwestern lumberjacks.  


The program will conclude with a showing of the 2016 Irish-made documentary Atlantic.  Directed byRistéard O'Domhnaill and narrated by Brendan Gleeson, the film looks at the struggles of three fishing communities in Ireland, Norway and Newfoundland, as they battle with the oil explorers and international fishing companies for control of the resources in their waters.


For more information, please contact Jim Rogers, director of the Center for Irish Studies, (651) 962-5662, or jrogers@stthomas.edu.

All programs offered by the University of St. Thomas shall be readily accessible to individuals with disabilities. For details, call (651) 962-6315.