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Villanova’s Center for Irish Studies hosts diverse cultural events this fall

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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 this fall, bringing Irish film, dance, history, literature and more to campus.

Film Screening and Panel Discussion on In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America
Thursday, Sept. 13, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Connelly Cinema

In the Name of Peace follows Nobel Peace Prize winner, John Hume’s efforts to enlist prominent U.S. politicians in securing an end to the Northern Ireland conflicts. This film screening is free and open to the public, followed by a panel discussion with film director Maurice Fitzpatrick; Assistant Professor of Political Science Cera Murtagh, PhD; former U.S. Representative Charles Dougherty; and Deputy Consul General Eimear Friel. 

Panel Discussion with Kerron Ó Luain, PhD on The End of Outrage: Famine Adjustment in Rural Ireland
Sunday, Sept. 16 
Commodore John Barry Arts and Cultural Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Kerron Ó Luain, PhD, currently completing his Fulbright Scholarship at Villanova University, will lead this panel discussion on Breandán Mac Suibne’s The End of Outrage, Famine Adjustment in Rural Ireland. This work focuses on the history of a small rural Irish community during the aftermath of the Great Famine.

Poetry Reading by Vona Groarke
Thursday, Oct. 4, 4 p.m.
St. Rita’s Community Room

Vona Groarke is an award-winning Irish poet and former Heimbold Chair at Villanova University. Her work has appeared in Yale Review, the New Yorker, Kenyon Review, Boston Review and the Guardian. On Thursday October 4th, she will perform a poetry reading that is free and open to the public.

“What Is Ireland House?”
Thursday, Sept. 27, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Alumni Room, Garey Hall

Villanova University’s Center for Irish Studies will host an open meeting to discuss a proposed Ireland House in Center City Philadelphia. Ireland House would be a gathering place for Irish business, culture, community and education to come together. Boston, New York, Chicago and many other cities have Ireland Houses or their equivalents, and the Irish government is supportive of Philadelphia having one. Come out to learn about the proposal and share ideas.

“Navigating the Betweens of Irish Studies”
November 8 - 10
Villanova Conference Center

The American Conference of Irish Studies is hosting its Mid-Atlantic Regional meeting at the Villanova Conference Center.

Irish Dance Fall Festival
Saturday, Nov. 10
Jake Nevin Field House

The Villanova Irish Dance team holds its sixth 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.

Irish Dance Performance with the Good Foot Dance Company
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m.
Connelly Cinema

Good Foot Dance Company explores the complex root-systems, histories and contexts of the American vernacular dance—from Appalachian flatfooting, to tap, to contemporary urban dance.

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