Announcing the Villanova University Irish Studies Center.
Beginning this fall, we will inaugurate our new Irish Studies Center by hosting an academic conference, "Who's/Whose Irish? Philadelphia Stories of Inclusion and Exclusion" on October 15th. We will also welcome the Abbey Theatre to Philadelphia with a Villanova Night at their performance of The Plough and the Stars by Sean O'Casey at the Annenberg Center on October 14th. The performance is part of a tour to commemorate the Easter Rising of 1916.
The Irish Studies Center is being made possible by a generous gift from the Connelly Foundation. To honor the gift the Center's directorship will be named for Emily C. Riley, Executive Vice President for the Connelly Foundation and a former member of the Villanova University Board of Trustees. For more on the educational philanthropy of the Connelly Foundation and their gift click here.
We will also host the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick on September 20th for their quarterly meeting. Professor Joseph Lee, Director of Glucksman Ireland House at NYU, will deliver a lecture on "Easter 1916" at 7:30 p.m. in the Villanova Room of the Connelly Center, which is open to the community.
Other news: Vicky Brady from Cork joins the Villanova Irish Studies Center to teach Irish Language courses this year, Introductory Irish I & II and Intermediate Irish. Failte romhat Vicky!
And, in January we will welcome Belfast Playwright Stacey Gregg who is shown here at the awards ceremony for the Irish Times Theatre Awards. Her play Scorch won best new play for 2016 (photo credit: Aidan Crawley).