Lehman’s Irish Language Program to Host Biennial Symposium on Feb. 22-24

Lehman College’s Irish Language Program of the Department of Languages and Literature will host “Symposium 2018—Irish Language Literature and the Folklore of Ireland” on Friday and Saturday, February 23-24. Although the schedule of events will take place on the Lehman campus, a pre-conference lecture, in English, by Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh (Director of the National Folklore Collection, University College, Dublin) will take place on Thursday, February 22 at Queens College.

The program for the symposium on Friday, February 23 will also be conducted in English and includes a writing workshop led by Pádraig Ó Siadhail (St. Mary’s University), and then a presentation of papers by Cori Gabbard (CUNY Graduate Center), John Gillen (Hostos Community College), Lorcan Burns (NYU/Drew University), Margaret May (NYU), Sarah Covington (Queens College), and Caroline Tatem (NYU).

A dinner will be held later that evening at Rory Dolan’s in Yonkers, NY. This year’s honorees are: Bernadette Broderick (Person of the Year), a longtime promoter of Irish dancing who was inducted into the North American Feis Commission Irish Cultural Hall of Fame in 2015; Paul Ferris (Teacher of the Year), an Irish language instructor at the Irish Arts Center; and Lynne Van Voorhis (Friend to Irish Studies), who is retiring as assistant dean of the Lehman College’s International Programs and Global Partnerships and Study Abroad. Music at the dinner, which is a fundraiser benefiting students in Lehman’s Irish Language Program, will be provided by Irish music performer John Redmond.

The Saturday, February 24 portion of the program will be conducted in Irish Gaelic and include a presentation of papers by Bernadette Broderick, John Minehan, and Naomi McCooe (Lehman College), Kate Foster (York College), Thomas Ihde (Lehman College), Andrew Carey, Sorcha Ní Chonraí (Scoil San Treasa, a primary school in Dublin), and Deaglán de Bréadún, an author and journalist.

The two keynote speakers on the February 24 program are: Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh and Pádraig Ó Siadhail, the Thomas D’Arcy McGee Chair of Irish Studies, St. Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Both speakers are widely published authors.

Sponsors of Symposium 2018 include the Irish Government’s Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht and Fulbright Ireland. Additionally, the CUNY Institute for Irish-American Studies and the Queens College Irish Studies Program have provided support for the biennial event.

For more information, contact irish.studies@lehman.cuny.edu.

Note: translation services will not be provided at the conference. For directions and an up-to-date view of the Lehman campus, here is a link to a map.

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Thomas Staudter