A Patchwork of Ireland: History, Poetry, Song

Course Instructors:

Jim Rogers is director of the University of St. Thomas Center for Irish Studies and editor of the journal New Hibernia Review.  He is a past president of the American Conference for Irish Studies, and the author of many articles on Irish-American literature and identity.

Dáithí Sproule is one of Irish music’s most respected guitar accompanists and a fine singer in both English and Irish.  He now performs with the supergroup Altan.  Dáithí is a sought-after lecturer and teacher.  In 2009, he was awarded a Bush Artists Fellowship.

Leontia Flynn was born in County Down in 1974 and is the recipient of the 2013 Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award for Poetry.  She is the author of three books of poetry and has been Research Fellow at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, Queen’s University Belfast, since 2005.

Course Information:  Tuesdays, April 9-April 23, 2013 (3 weeks), 1:00-3:00 p.m., O'Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium, UST St. Paul Campus

Course Description:  This course will provide an informative and entertaining stroll through Irish culture from three very different perspectives.  Editor and author Jim Rogers will survey several of the debates that have long preoccupied Irish historians.  He will be joined by two friends:  The acclaimed musician Dáithí Sproule will bring us songs and music from one of the world’s richest folk traditions.  The young poet Leontia Flynn will offer her thoughts on Irish Writing, past and present, and give a reading of her own award-winning work.

Registration fee for the series:  $40.00 per person

To register on-line with a credit card, click on this linkhttps://webapp.stthomas.edu/eventregistration/UST/register.jsp?eventcrn=A5786

To register by check or cash through the mail or in-person, click on this link for the registration formSpring 2013 Registration Form

Link to campus map:  St. Paul Campus Map

Detailed Course Syllabus (subject to change):

April 9

The Open Questions of Irish History

Jim Rogers will introduce us to several of the unending debates in the writing of Irish History - including who the earliest Irish really were, the causes and effects of the Great Famine, and the myths and realities of mass emigration.

April 16

Irish Music and Songs

Dáithí Sproule, one of the most accomplished guitarists and vocalists in Irish traditional music (and a member of the "trad" super-group Altan), will give a genial introduction to the most distinctive aspects of Irish music.  His peerless knowledge of the tradition will be complemented by his memorable singing and playing.

April 23

 Irish Literature - Both Classic and Contemporary

Belfast's Leontia Flynn, winner of the 2013 O'Shaughnessy Poetry Award, will offer her thoughts on the lively world of Irish writing in a far-ranging conversation, followed by a reading of her own work.