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The Center for Irish Research and Teaching (CIRT) • Georgia Southern University
The Flagship Irish Studies Unit in the University System of Georgia—America's Third-Largest State University System
Exploring Diverse Irish Identities with Rigor, Scruple, and Imagination
Relevant throughout Fall 2015 Semester
◊ Coming Soon/Coming Later      ◊ Spring 2016 Courses Applicable to the Irish Studies Minor      
◊ Fall 2015 Courses Applicable to the Irish Studies Minor      
October 2015
◊ Th 29 Oct • Renowned Scholar Michael Parker Lectures about Irish Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney
September-October 2015
◊ Alumnus Chris Rushing's Star Turn      ◊ Campus Theater Opens Season with "Dark Fairytale" by Irish Playwright
Summer 2015
◊ CIRT Co-Sponsors Conference about Fitzgerald's Irishness      ◊ Summer Semester in Ireland Program Celebrates Year 7    
◊ Students Meet Minister Kehoe at Government Buildings      ◊ Irish Studies Eagles Soar Academically
Coming Soon/Coming Later
Thursday 29 October 2015 • 7:00 PM
Room 1004 (Auditorium), Information Technology Building, Georgia Southern Campus
Internationally Renowned Literary Scholar Michael Parker Presents a Free Public Lecture on Campus: "Noli Timere: Reflections on the Life and Work of Seamus Heaney"
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14 - 16 April 2016 (Thursday through Saturday)
Downtown Atlanta (Venue TBA)
ACIS-South Annual Conference
The 2016 conference of the Southern Chapter of the American Conference for Irish Studies will be held in Atlanta, with Georgia State University as the host institution and Oxford University professor of modern Irish history Dr. Roy Foster as the keynoter. The event theme: Pre-Revolutionary Ireland. Click HERE to read and respond to the Call for Papers.
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Spring 2016 Courses Applicable to the Irish Studies Minor
The interdisciplinary Minor in Irish Studies is achieved by successfully completing 15 credit hours of approved coursework. All that coursework may be at the upper division; however, up to three hours (i.e. one regular course) may be at the lower division. Each Spring on campus we offer the lower-division Introduction to Irish Culture course, which is non-mandatory. And during most semesters we provide a unit of the lower-division World Literature 2 course with Irish emphases. While not required, participation in our study-in-Ireland programs is an excellent way to build Irish Studies credits. Six hours are available through the Inquiry in Ireland® program during Summer Term A; and seven hours are available through the Summer Semester in Ireland® program during Summer Term B.
Email the Center to set up a meeting about the excitingly interdisciplinary Irish Studies Minor:

The Minor is a solid educational investment, for it internationalizes your résumé. As the video (right) demonstrates, Ireland boasts one of earth's most global economies, especially in three critical sectors: pharmaceuticals, information technology, and financial services. The country specializes in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and, thus, is home to 1,200 overseas company operations, including nine of the top ten corporations in Pharma—and nine of the top ten corporations in IT. Ireland is the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) headquarters for Google, Mircosoft, Facebook, Intel, Pfizer, and other businesses that define how we live now. The Irish economy, part of the Eurozone, grew at an impressive 4.8% in 2014, the fastest rate in Europe. Ireland’s young workforce is capable, adaptable, mobile, and committed to achievement. With half of the population under 35, Ireland’s dependency ratio is among Europe's most favorable.

All the Spring 2016 courses listed below are pre-approved for counting towards the interdisciplinary Minor in Irish Studies. Any course marked with the symbol "≈" is fully focused on Irish matters. The remaining courses contain Irish-themed modules that allow them to meet the criterion "Significant Irish Content."
International Terrorism
CRN 14024 • POLS 4138 (A) • Upper Division • 3 Credit Hours
Mo, We & Fr • 10:10 AM – 11:00 AM • Carroll 1024
Instructor: Srobana Bhattacharya PhD
Introduction to Irish Studies
CRN 16113 • IRSH 2130 (A) • Lower Division • 3 Credit Hours
Tu & Th • 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM • Newton 1110
Instructor: Howard Keeley PhD
Irish Literature since 1850
CRN 15269 • ENGL 5236 (A) • Upper Division • 3 Credit Hours
Tu & Th • 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM • Carroll 2239
Instructor: Howard Keeley PhD
Irish Theater
CRN 15361 • THEA 3333 (A) • Upper Division • 3 Credit Hours
Mo, We & Fr • 9:00 AM - 9:55 AM • Sanford Hall 1006
Instructor: Sarah McCarroll PhD
Sociology of Community
CRN 18703 • SOCI 4132 (A) • Upper Division • 3 Credit Hours
Tu & Th • 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM • Carroll 2240
Instructor: William Smith PhD
Sociology of Religion
CRN 18702 • SOCI 4133 (A) • Upper Division • 3 Credit Hours
Tu & Th • 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM • Carroll 2240
Instructor: William Smith PhD
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Renowned Scholar Michael Parker Lectures about Irish Nobel Laureate Heaney
The Center for Irish Research and Teaching (CIRT) is proud to offer as its premier Fall 2015 public lecture an illustrated talk, "Noli Timere: Reflections on the Life and Work of Seamus Heaney," presented by the renowned scholar, Michael Parker PhD. Mark your calendar for 7:00 PM on Thursday 29 October 2015. The venue is Room 1004 in the Information Technology Building, an auditorium with plenty of seating. This free, open-to-all presentation provides rich insights into Heaney, who at his death in 2013 at age 74 was arguably the most well-known and popular poet writing in the English language. Few critics comprehend Heaney as masterfully as Parker, a full-time researcher based in Oxford, England, who holds the rank of Emeritus Professor of English Literature in the School of Language, Literature, and International Studies at the University of Central Lancashire in the UK. Parker's numerous publications include six books, among which is Seamus Heaney: The Making of the Poet (1993). Dr. Joseph Pellegrino of CIRT says, "Professor Michael Parker is required reading for anyone who engages with Seamus Heaney's accomplished and resonant poetry. We're fortunate to be welcoming him to campus." Earlier this fall, Parker gave his "Noli Timere" ("Don't Be Afraid") lecture at the University of California-Berkeley, and he's also offered it in New York, Paris, Dublin, Oxford, and London. The London venue was the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
In the early 1990s, Parker was made an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool, where he also taught for two semesters. In 2005, he was awarded a Visiting Fellowship at Ulster University's Academy for Irish Cultural Heritages—and in 2009 a similar post at Emory University, Atlanta. Also in 2009, he became a Fellow of the English Association, and the next year he received a Fellowship from the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council to carry out archival study in Ireland, Britain, and the US for a new monograph, Seamus Heaney: Legacies, Afterlives, which will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016.
In bringing Michael Parker to Georgia Southern University, CIRT is grateful for major funding from its Fred and Donna Sanders Irish Lectureship Fund, as well as assistance from the Department of Literature and Philosophy. Many thanks also go to Dr. Daniel Ross of Columbus State University, who is the principal host in connection with Dr. Parker's fall residency in Georgia as the 2015 Mildred Miller Fort Foundation Visiting Scholar in European Studies at Columbus State. Proof of attendance will be available immediately following Dr. Parker's Georgia Southern lecture.
Over six months in 2015, several Irish entities, not least Poetry Ireland, held a nationwide campaign that sought nominations from the general public for "the stand-out Irish poems of the past 100 years." Thousands of nominations flooded in, and a special jury whittled down the titles to just ten poems. All Irish people were then invited to vote for a favorite from among the ten, and the winning lyric, chosen as "A Poem for Ireland," was a sonnet written by Seamus Heaney to memorialize his mother, who died in 1984. Here is that verse, sometimes known as "Clearances 3" but usually referred to by its first line.
The late Seamus Heaney received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995, with the award committee citing in particular the "lyrical beauty and ethical depth" of his poetry: verses that "exalt everyday miracles and the living past." He provided a keynote presentation at the 2013 meeting of ACIS-South (the Southern Chapter of the American Conference for Irish Studies), which was organized in Decatur, Georgia, by CIRT in cooperation with Emory University's Center for Irish Studies. Enda Kenny, Ireland's Taoiseach (Prime Minister), has characterized Heaney as "the keeper of language" for the Irish nation, the sage of "our codes, our essence as a people." Bono, the frontman of the supergroup U2, has reflected that "he was a gentle genius, whose words challenged us with the grit and beauty of life as much as they gave us solace."
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Alumnus Chris Rushing's Star Turn
Chris Rushing (above), a graduate of our Irish Studies program, will perform the lead role—Christy Mahon—in a major production of The Playboy of the Western World from Arís Theater, Atlanta's Stage for Celtic Culture. First offered at Dublin's Abbey Theater in January 1907, this lyrically ebullient three-act drama by John Millington Synge is a masterpiece of Anglo-Irish literature. With John Ammerman directing, the new production will occur in Studio B, which is part of the Georgia Public Broadcasting complex at 260 14th Street NW, Atlanta, GA. Opening date: 24 September 2015. Closing date: 12 October 2015. Performances start at 8:00 PM, Thursdays through Saturdays. The Sunday shows are curtain-up at 5:00 PM. Click HERE for further details and online ticket sales.
One word in Playboy sparked controversy, but Synge believed that "in countries [like Ireland] where the imagination of the people, and the language they use, is rich and living, it is possible for a writer to be rich and copious in his words." As the action concludes, Christy declares that he's turned out "a likely gaffer" who'll "go romancing through a romping lifetime."
After graduating from the Georgia Southern University Irish Studies, Theater, and English programs, our "likely gaffer" Chris Rushing successfully established himself as an actor and drama instructor in Atlanta, the ninth-largest metropolitan area in the US. In addition to Arís, he has performed with Atlanta Shakespeare, Georgia Shakespeare, the Academy Theater, Fabrefaction, and Georgia Ensemble. Below, you can enjoy a couple of official publicity shots for Playboy, courtesy of Jessica Fern Hunt Photography. The group image features Chris as Christy being fought over by Pegeen Mike Flaherty and Widow Quinn (left and right, respectively). At one point in Act 3, Widow Quinn deems Christy "the champion of the world," continuing, "there isn't a hop'orth [halfpenny] isn't falling lucky into his hands to-day."
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Campus Theater Opens Season with "Dark Fairytale" by Irish Playwright
Theater and Performance (T&P) at Georgia Southern University opens its Fall 2015 season with The Pillowman, Martin McDonagh's "dark fairytale" from 2003. Born in London to Irish parents, McDonagh gained renown for the Leenane Trilogy (1996-1997) and the Aran Islands Trilogy (1996-2001). The most famous play in the latter sequence is The Cripple of Inishmaan, which T&P staged in 2004. As director Nicholas Newell and his cast and crew tackle The Pillowman, they concur with critic Nicholas de Jongh's assessment that the work constitutes McDonagh's "leap[ing] towards maturity" via a "dazzling, disquieting nightmare of a play which makes up its own Grimm fairytales." Winner in the UK of the 2014 Olivier Award for Best New Play—and in the US of the 2004-5 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best New Foreign Play—The Pillowman examines totalitarian government. Echoing Kafka's fables, Orwell's 1984, and Tarantino's movies, the play centers on the good cop-bad cop interrogation of a writer, Katurian, the ghoulish content of whose short stories resembles actual child murders by his "simple" brother.
The Irish Times deemed The Pillowman McDonagh's "best play," and while it meditates on totalitarianism, crime and punishment, the legacies of child abuse, and the bond between brothers, it also considers the matter of storytelling. As the action unfolds, the audience hears a few of Katurian's hundreds of narratives, but in fact each character in the drama—even the tempestuous policeman Ariel—is a storyteller of a sort. Katurian describes one of his tales as "a puzzle without a solution," and among The Pillowman's accomplishments is how it confronts us anew with puzzles at the core of the human condition.
For mature audiences only, The Pillowman runs at the Black Box Theater in the Center for Art and Theater Building from Wednesday 30 September 2015 through the following Wednesday, 7 October, but with Monday dark. Shows begin at 7:30 PM nightly, except Sunday, when there's a matinée performance at 2:00 PM. Click HERE for online ticket sales.
In an interview with CIRT, director Nicolas Newell reflected that he was fortunate to see both the Broadway and the Moscow Art Theater premieres of The Pillowman, McDonagh's first play set outside Ireland. Having acknowledged the controversial nature of the drama's "language, imagery, and violence," he continued, "many disturbing stories written by the protagonist...are read out loud and even acted out." To distinguish between the fictional world of the stories and the real world of the police interrogation room, the Georgia Southern Production has, Prof. Newell revealed, taken a "stylistic approach to both performance and design."
Providing fascinating insights into the student-actors' preparation, Prof. Newell explained, "The language moves between terse, idiomatic dialogue that can be quite funny and long-form narrative stories...that need to stand on their own. We've held separate rehearsals for the monologues in order to pay attention to the detailed arcs of those stories." The director further commented that, given the high stakes confronting each of the play's characters, it's "sometimes hard for our actors to jump into—and keep going through—an evening of rehearsal. Thus, we've been warming up by having fight-call rehearsals and by using some 'outside-in' psychophysical techniques to keep them 'in the moment' at all times." Prof. Newell concluded, "The Pillowman isn't for everyone, but if you enjoy dark humor, irreverent wit, and macabre mystery it delivers a powerful experience."
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CIRT Co-Sponsors Conference about Fitzgerald's Irishness
On occasion, St. Paul, Minnesota, native F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) would sign off with the phrase "Gaelicly yours." During the period 4-11 July 2015, the Center for Irish Research and Teaching was pleased to partner with the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society and the School of Humanities, Waterford Institute of Technology (in Waterford, Ireland's oldest city) to host a major international conference focused primarily on Fitzgerald's understanding of himself as Irish-American. The event opened in Dublin, but the main business occurred in Waterford.
In his posthumously published memoir A Movable Feast (1964), Ernest Hemingway described his friend Fitzgerald as exhibiting "very fair wavy hair, a high forehead, excited and friendly eyes, and a delicate, long-lipped Irish mouth." Certainly, Fitzgerald's pen frequently tended to matters Irish. In Tender is the Night (1934), principal character Dick Driver's voice "woo[s] the world" on account of the "faint Irish melody running through it." While, earlier, in The Beautiful and the Damned (1922), "Irish girls...[cast] their eyes...upon a society" that includes "young Tammany politicians." That novel's Anthony Patch lyrically describes to his girlfriend Geraldine Burke "Chevalier O'Keefe": "[a] creature of my splendid mind"; "a semi-fictional Irishman." He elaborates that O'Keefe exemplified "the wild sort" of Hibernian: a gent with with "a genteel brogue and 'reddish hair'" who—"exiled from Erin [to France] in the late days of chivalry"—lived his days as "a sentimentalist...a vain fellow, a man of wild passions."
Irish-American figures populate Fitzgerald's opus, from Monsignor Darcy and Beatrice Blaine in his debut, semi-autobiographical novel This Side of Paradise (1920) to Pat Brady and Katherine Moore in The Last Tycoon (unfinished when the author died). Exploring this clear but under-addressed legacy, the conference brought together an impressive array of established and emerging scholarly thought-leaders. Speakers traveled to Ireland from from Brazil, England, France, Germany, Japan, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. The host institution, Waterford Institute of Technology, produced a superior environment and experience, according to Dr. Dustin Anderson, the CIRT faculty member who directed the major, multi-day event.
The 2015 Fitzgerald conference followed perfectly the previous summer's two-day Educating the Irish Genius symposium, co-created by CIRT and Ireland's Kilkenny College (founded in 1538). Held at Kilkenny College, the Newpark Hotel, and Kilkenny Castle, that world-class event interrogated the Irish Enlightenment.
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Summer Semester in Ireland Program Celebrates Year 7
18 June - 23 July 2015 • For the seventh consecutive year, Georgia Southern undergraduate students constituted the largest group within the Summer Semester in Ireland® program that the Center for Irish Research and Teaching developed on behalf of the European Council of the University System of Georgia, the third-largest state university system in the United States. Pictured above is one of our 2015 Eagles holding a "True Blue" or university pride sign as she celebrates a stunning landscape view in the county of Wexford. A key feature of the program is its participative-learning field trips, which occur twice weekly.
The photograph was taken on a visit to Johnstown Castle, near the town of Wexford, where the students learned about the Big House Ascendancy that dominated rural Ireland in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. They also explored several Irish famines, including the Great Hunger of the 1840s, at the Castle's museum of Irish agricultural life. A third outcome was interrogating how present-day Irish farming—the largest sector within the national economy—thrives. It must respond to changing European Union policies; the effects of global warming; and emerging markets for meat and dairy, especially in Asia. Johnstown Castle is home to one of Europe's leading agricultural-research centers, and the students interfaced with its former director, Dr. Noel Culleton.
Dr. Dustin Anderson of the Center for Irish Research and Teaching explains that each year 60 or more students participate in the Summer Semester in Ireland® program. The 2015 iteration of the program, which Anderson co-directed, saw a record 65 students chose from a "menu" of 12 Irish-themed courses at both the lower- and upper-division levels. The courses spanned the following disciplines: art, film and theater, history, literature, music, and psychology.
Some examples are useful. The upper-division history course focused on the phase of the Irish independence struggle that spanned 1912-1922. The instructor, Dr. Gary Sprayberry (Chair, Department of History and Geography, Columbus State University) reflects, "It's a privilege to expose our Georgia undergraduates to a seminal historical decade while on the ground in Ireland. I can't overstate the educational value of the experiential-learning model that Georgia Southern's CIRT has carefully built with its Irish partner, Waterford Institute of Technology."
One innovative upper-division course for 2015 was Queer Ireland: Literature and Culture, taught by Georgia Southern professor Dr. Margaret Sullivan, a CIRT faculty member. Among other things, the course examined Ireland's gay and lesbian heritage, represented by the likes of the Victorian dramatist Oscar Wilde and the early-twentieth-century human-rights advocate and nationalist freedom-fighter Roger Casement. These historical figures provide a powerful lens through which to consider the May 2015 referendum that saw Ireland become the first country on earth to approve same-sex marriage in a nationwide popular vote (62% "yes"). According to the New York Times (23 May 2015), Ireland's fair-mindedness towards its LGBT population puts it "in the vanguard of social change" internationally.
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Students Meet Minister Kehoe at Government Buildings
On Tuesday 16 June 2015—"Bloomsday"—the undergraduate researchers engaged in our Inquiry in Ireland® summer semester received a behind-the-scenes tour of Leinster House (the Irish parliament) and Government Buildings. Here, they're pictured on the main staircase of the latter venue with their professors and Hon. Paul Kehoe TD, Chief Whip of the Government of Ireland. Behind the group is the famous Evie Hone stained-glass window that depicts Ireland's four provinces or "green fields." As a deputy (congressman) for the county of Wexford in the Dáil (House of Representatives), Minster Kehoe takes a keen interest in the principal work of the Inquiry in Ireland® program: primary-source research into the historic emigration axis between Wexford and its hinterland and the coastal city of Savannah, Georgia.
Earlier in the year, Minister Kehoe visited Savannah as Ireland's official representative at the city's 2015 St. Patrick's Day Parade, the second largest in North America. Among other activities, he accompanied members of the Wexford-Savannah research team to Catholic Cemetery, Savannah, where he witnessed the names of Wexford townlands and parishes on numerous headstones. In a 16 March 2015 Op Ed in the Savannah Morning News, Minister Kehoe reflected, "In the Irish parliament...I have the honor to represent the people of Wexford. In centuries past, and in the 1800s particularly, huge numbers....from the towns and villages of my county were forced to flee a homeland beset by poverty and hunger. Many traveled thousands of miles to the United hunt out new opportunities. And it was in this port city of Savannah that so many arrived and built new lives. One Wexford arrival wrote home to a local newspaper to say Savannah was 'the finest city I was ever in.' On this visit, I can certainly appreciate that sentiment. Terrific work is being led by Howard Keeley at Georgia Southern University—in conjunction with the John F. Kennedy Trust in New Ross, Wexford; Waterford Institute of Technology; and this city’s Georgia Historical Society—to explore the history of the Wexford-Savannah Axis. And just as there is so much shared heritage to explore, so are there are also remarkable possibilities for new links between Ireland and Savannah in business, education, and culture."
The trio of images above provides just a taste of our students' work during the 2015 iteration of the Inquiry in Ireland® program, which opened with Savannah-based research before a concluding fortnight in Ireland. The leftmost picture foregrounds a pair of students—Mikel Ballard and Bailey Nipper—examining nineteenth-century Savannah records related to newcomers from Wexford. The stunning location is the Research Center (Hodgson Hall) of the Georgia Historical Society, founded in 1839 and located on Forsyth Park, Savannah. The middle shot features student Aleyna Rentz as she presents key research findings to an audience of around 70 people, including an Irish congressman and the Chair of Wexford County Council. Aleyna stands behind a podium at the Dunbrody Emigrant Experience Center in the river port of New Ross, whence Graves & Sons, a shipping enterprise, carried Wexford natives directly to Savannah during the 1840s and '50s. On the right, we see Dr. Brian Donnelly, senior archivist at the National Archives of Ireland in Dublin, assisting students Kayla Allen (seated) and Rachel Doggett as they analyze previously unexamined documents from an uncatalogued stash of Graves & Sons papers. We're proud to offer such cutting-edge research opportunities to our advanced undergraduates.
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Irish Studies Eagles Soar Academically
In May 2015, while wrapping up a post-graduation "gap year" as an English instructor in Seoul, South Korea, Irish Studies Minor Kurt McGee (above) learned that he'd won entry into the MPhil in Irish Writing degree at the University of Dublin, better known as Trinity College. This is a highly competitive program—a signature component of Trinity's School of English, which the 2014 QS World University Rankings placed #25 in the world and #7 in Europe. We congratulate Kurt, who comments, "The literature track within the Georgia Southern Minor in Irish Studies provides a comprehensive academic grounding, but also plenty of opportunities for in-depth study of intriguing and important works outside the canon." Invoking a line from James Joyce's famous short story "The Dead," we urge Kurt to "[m]ake like a bird for Trinity College"!
2014 MA graduate in Irish Studies/English, Aaron Roberts, reports continued success as he prosecutes his full-ride PhD in Irish famine literature under the renowned scholar Dr. David Lloyd at the University of California-Riverside. In June 2015, Aaron attended the Irish Famine Summer School in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon, Ireland. Immediately after, he traveled to Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands, where he was among just a handful of graduate students selected to give papers at the inaugural meeting of the International Network of Irish Famine Studies. What an achievement for one of our Georgia Southern Eagles!
In May 2015, family and friends from Ireland and Britain journeyed to Statesboro, hometown of Georgia Southern University, to celebrate with Eileen Emerson as she received her EdD hood. Dr. Emerson's dissertation focuses on integration and reform challenges facing Irish primary and secondary schools as the nation's population becomes more global and multicultural. Notable is how the work situates its observations and arguments vis-à-vis the history of Irish education since the Stanley Education Act of 1831.
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Fall 2015 Courses Applicable to the Irish Studies Minor
The interdisciplinary Minor in Irish Studies is achieved by successfully completing 15 credit hours of approved coursework. All that coursework may be at the upper division; however, up to three hours (i.e. one regular course) may be at the lower division. Each Spring on campus we offer the lower-division Introduction to Irish Culture course, which is non-mandatory. And during most semesters we provide a unit of the lower-division World Literature 2 course with Irish emphases. While not required, participation in our study-in-Ireland programs is an excellent way to build Irish Studies credits. Six hours are available through the Inquiry in Ireland® program during Summer Term A; and seven hours are available through the Summer Semester in Ireland® program during Summer Term B.
All the Spring 2016 courses listed below are pre-approved for counting towards the interdisciplinary Minor in Irish Studies. Any course marked with the symbol "≈" is fully focused on Irish matters. The remaining courses contain Irish-themed modules that allow them to meet the criterion "Significant Irish Content."
Britain and the World
CRN 84806 • HIST 5339 (A) • Upper Division • 3 Credit Hours
Tu & Th • 11:00 AM – 12:15 AM • Forest Drive 1107
Instructor: Robert Batchelor PhD
British and Irish Drama since 1660
CRN 86685 • ENLG 5332 (A) • Upper Division • 3 Credit Hours
Mo & We • 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM • Newton 2206
Instructor: Dustin Anderson PhD
Comparative Political Conflict
CRN 83379 • POLS 4031 (A) • Upper Division • 3 Credit Hours
Tu & Th • 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM • Carroll 2226
Instructor: Srobana Bhattacharya PhD
Ethnicity and Nationalism
CRN 89471 • POLS 3335 (A) • Upper Division • 3 Credit Hours
Tu & Th • 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM • Carroll 2226
Instructor: Srobana Bhattacharya PhD
European Cultures
CRN 89433 • ANTH 3332 (A) • Upper Division • 3 Credit Hours
Mo & We • 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM • Carroll 2260
Instructor: Barbara Hendry PhD
History of Religion in the United States
CRN 82157 • HIST 3139 (A) • Upper Division • 3 Credit Hours
Mo, We & Fr • 9:00 AM – 9:55 AM • Forest Drive 1106
Instructor: James Wood PhD
Irish Women Writers
CRN 88404 • ENGL 5238 (A) • Upper Division • 3 Credit Hours
Mo & We • 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM • Carroll 2239
Instructor: Howard Keeley PhD
Race and Ethnicity
CRN 89426 • SOCI 3235 (A) • Upper Division • 3 Credit Hours
Mo, We & Fr • 9:05 AM – 9:55 AM • Carroll 2240
Instructor: William Smith PhD
Religion and Politics
CRN 86684 • RELS 3030 (B) • Upper Division • 3 Credit Hours
Tu & Th • 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM • Newton 1108
Instructor: Finbarr Curtis PhD
World Literature 2 (Irish Emphases)
CRN 82214 • ENGL 2112 (N) • Lower Division • 3 Credit Hours
Mo & We • 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM • Carroll 2239
Instructor: Howard Keeley PhD
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Recent Events
Monday 26 October 2015 • 7:00 PM
Circa 1875 Restaurant, Savannah
Fall Lecture at Yeats Society of Savannah by CIRT Faculty Member Pellegrino
Savannah's W.B. Yeats Society welcomed Dr. Joseph ("Joe") Pellegrino, a Georgia Southern professor of literature and Irish Studies, as its Fall lecturer. The topic was William Butler Yeats's last big editorial project, the Oxford Book of Modern Verse, published in 1936. Pellegrino especially examined the contemporary women poets that Yeats included—and, controversially, excluded.
Tuesday 20 October 2015 • 7:00 PM
Palmetto Electric Cooperative Building, Hardeeville, SC
Director Keeley Lectured on Ireland's Easter 1916 Rising to the Sun City-Hilton Head Irish Heritage Society
One of the largest independent Irish societies in the American Southeast, this thriving body has generously sponsored scholarships to facilitate full-credit study in Ireland by CIRT students.
Wednesday 14 October 2015 • 6:00 PM
Country Club of Hilton Head (Hilton Head Plantation)
Director Keeley Delivered Keynote Address at the South Carolina Hibernian of the Year Dinner
This gathering constitutes one of the premier events on South Carolina's Irish calendar, and CIRT was honored by the invitation to participate. A focus of Keeley's address was P.J. O'Connor, a notable concern of the Center's Wexford-Savannah Axis research project. Born in Savannah to Wexford parents—and kin to author Flannery O'Connor—P.J. O'Connor rose to the national presidency of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America. He was critical to the development of AOH divisions not just in Savannah, but also in Charleston.
30 September - 7 October 2015 • Nightly at 7:30 PM (Except Sunday and Monday); Sunday Matinée at 2:00 PM
Black Box Theater, Georgia Southern Campus
The Georgia Southern Theater Program Presents Irish Playwright Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman, Directed by Nicholas Newell (Mature Audiences Only)
24 September - 12 October 2015 • Nightly Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM; and Sunday Afternoons at 5:00 PM
Studio B Theater, 14th Street, Atlanta
Irish Studies Alumnus Chris Rushing Stars as Christy Mahon—the Lead—in the Arís Theater Atlanta Production of Synge's Playboy of the Western World
Friday 25 September 2015 • 12:00 Noon
Irish Studies Suite (Carroll 2288)
September "Final Friday" Meeting of Club Gael: the Open-to-All Student Club about All Things Irish
Our second session consolidated the Club officers for AY 2015-16; examined the Spring and Summer 2016 semester courses applicable to the interdisciplinary Minor in Irish Studies; and discovered more about the two principal speakers that CIRT is bringing to campus between now and May. The popular "Should-Be-Better-Known" segment featured the Irish revolutionary Commandant Thomas Kent, executed in Cork by the British colonial authorities on 8 May 1916. Of the "sixteen dead men" seen as the core martyrs of the Easter 1916 Rising, only Kent and Roger Casement expired outside Dublin. A member of the Irish Volunteers, the Gaelic Athletic Association, and the Gaelic League, Kent has returned to the news because of the reinterment of his body by means of a State Funeral on 18 September 2015.
Tuesday 22 September 2015 • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Russell Union Ballroom
As Part of the University's Annual Study-Abroad Fair, Walk-Up Information Table about the 2016 Iteration of the Summer Semester in Ireland® Program
Celebrating its eighth consecutive year of success in 2016, this Program provides five full weeks in Ireland, based at our partner university: Waterford Institute of Technology. Running in Summer Term B, the Program offers up to seven hours of Georgia Southern course credits, with each student selecting two courses from a "menu" of eight upper- and lower-division options. Among the Program's many other desirable features are 200 miles of in-country travel per week and a hotel-based weekend in Ireland's spectacular Atlantic southwest—all included in the Program fee. Scholarships are available.
Thursday 17 September 2015 • 7:00 PM
The Café, Centennial Place
Open-to-All Information Session about the 2016 Iteration of the Summer Term A Inquiry in Ireland® Program • Refreshments (Irish Tea and Cookies) Provided
Embarking on its third year during Summer Term A 2016, this résumé-enhancing Program offers two full-credit undergraduate courses (i.e. six Georgia Southern credit hours) with a 5-1 student-to-teacher ratio. A compelling, interactive, and even life-changing experience, the Program is based on primary-source and field research into the Wexford-Savannah Axis migration phenomenon, and it exploits such venues as the Georgia Historical Society in Savannah (founded in 1839) and the National Archives of Ireland in Dublin. $1,500 in scholarship funds are guaranteed to each successful applicant.
Friday 28 August 2015 • 12:00 Noon
Irish Studies Suite (Carroll 2288)
August "Final Friday" Meeting of Club Gael: the Open-to-All Student Club about All Things Irish
For our AY 2015-16 kickoff session, we welcomed new and returning members; ate some "Paddy Pizza"; previewed the study-in-Ireland programs scheduled for summer 2016; and learned about another Should-Be-Better-Known Irish Individual, the Capuchin Franciscan Fr. Arthur O'Leary, a precursor of those who campaigned for Catholic Emancipation, which was achieved in 1829.
Thursday 27 August 2015 • 3:00 PM
CIRT Showcase at St. Joseph's/Candler, Savannah (Private)
On 30 June 2015, St. Joseph's Hospital, Savannah, celebrated its 140th anniversary. The institution emerged when a set of mainly Irish nuns belonging to the Sisters of Mercy order took over the Forest City Marine Hospital, which treated sick seamen. Almost immediately, the nuns expanded their operation to help cope with a yellow fever epidemic. Today, St. Joseph's is among the nation's most technologically advanced hospitals, with 330 beds and three Medical Centers of Excellence. It honors its Irish heritage in many ways, not least by supporting the Wexford-Savannah Axis inquiry conducted by the Center for Irish Research and Teaching.
Monday 24 August 2015 • 11:15 AM
Nessmith-Lane Conference Center, Georgia Southern Campus
Lunch Lecture by James ("Jim") Byous: Trustees' Garden: The Historical Laminates
Savannah-based research historian Byous is interfacing with CIRT's Wexford-Savannah Axis Research Project, and (among other things) he discussed Wexford native William Kehoe's huge iron foundry, one of multiple uses to which Savannah's Trustees' Garden has been put since 1733. Byous's compelling presentation deployed Google Earth and other cutting-edge technologies. This lecture was sponsored by the Bulloch County Historical Society and attracted around 60 people. Lunch began at 11:15 AM ($12.50), with the presentation following at 12:00 noon.
Friday 21 August 2015 • 7:00 PM
Chez Sealey
2015 Inquiry in Ireland® Program Reunion: Food and Fellowship ("The Craic")
Student participants in the highly successful second iteration of our undergraduate-research program gathered to reminisce about their archival discoveries in Wexford, Waterford, and Dublin, not to mention their deployment of old maps as they trekked across coastal fields in southeastern Ireland when searching the site of the Kehoe homestead.
Friday 21 August 2015 • 9:00 AM
Morris Center, Savannah
Director Keeley Interviewed about CIRT's Wexford-Savannah Axis Research Project by Nine-Time-Emmy-Winner Brian Williams
CIRT's research into historical connections between Wexford, Ireland, and Savannah, Georgia, has created quite a buzz in the Hostess City!
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