Villanova’s Center for Irish Studies Hosts Compelling, Cultural Events This Fall

VILLANOVA, Pa. –Villanova University’s Center for Irish Studies celebrates the rich culture and history of Ireland and its diaspora with a compelling lineup of programs in fall 2017. Featuring prominent authors, award-winning musicians and even Villanova's own Irish Dance Team, these events bring Ireland's rich culture to campus.   

Kevin Dettmar

"James Joyce: Man of Letters?" Lecture by Kevin Dettmar
Tuesday, Oct. 17, 5:30 p.m.
Ideal Accelerator, Falvey Library

Kevin Dettmar, PhD, W.M. Keck professor of English and chair of the English Department at Pomona College, presents on the influential Irish writer James Joyce, in "James Joyce: Man of Letters?" In his lecture, Dr. Dettmar explores correspondence and communication in Joyce's works such as Ulysses and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and contrasts them with the writer’s personal letters. Dr. Dettmar offers insight into how Joyce's personal correspondence is critical in understanding his fiction. This event is free and open to the public. 

Mick Moloney

Mick Moloney and the Greens of America
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 7 - 9 p.m.
Connelly Center Cinema

Folklorist and musician Mick Moloney performs one of his renowned concerts at Villanova this year. Recording and producing more than 40 albums, Moloney is an icon of authentic Irish music and Irish-American culture. His passion and knowledge for Irish folk and tradition earned him the National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts—the highest official honor a traditional artist can receive in the United States—and the Presidential Distinguished Service Award from the President of Ireland in November 2013. This event is free and open to the public.

Irish Dance

November 4: Intercollegiate Irish Dance Festival
Saturday, Nov. 4
Agnes Irwin School, Bryn Mawr, Pa.

The Villanova Irish Dance team holds its fifth annual Intercollegiate Irish Dance Festival. The team welcomes nearly 500 students from across the country to participate in the competition, which celebrates traditional Irish dance with a modern flare. To learn more information about the festival and how to purchase tickets, click here.

Peter ONeil

“White Nationalism and Irish America,” lecture by Peter O'Neill
Thursday, Nov. 16
Reception at 7 p.m. lecture at 7:30 p.m.
Alumni Room. Garey Hall

Peter O'Neill, PhD, associate professor of Comparative Literature at University of George, has written widely on Irish immigration and race formation in the 19th-century Atlantic world. In his lecture, “White Nationalism and Irish America,” he explores Irish America’s encounter with both African America and Asian America—accounting for the United States’ key role in the Americanization of the Irish and the Irish’s role in the development of US state institutions—and discusses what distinguishes citizenship from nationality. This event is free and open to the public.

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