News & Events
MARCH 3, 2014 (Monday) at 6 p.m., CGS, 871 Commonwealth Avenue, Katzenberg Center (3rd Floor)
A lecture by LILLIS Ó LAOIRE, Gaelic singer and scholar, entitled “‘That song never let me down’: Aesthetics in Gaelic performance.” The conversation following the lecture will be moderated by Professor Sally Sommers Smith.
Ó Laoire is an ethnographer and professor at the University of Galway who specializes in Irish folklore and singing. Ó Laoire explores the occasions at which people sing, the significance of these occasions and of the songs and the singers chosen to perform. In his book on the Tory Islanders, in Co. Donegal, he explains how songs act as a mediator of the dilemmas and tensions of island life and how they contribute to the strong sense of identity. His second book, Bright Star of the West: Joe Heaney, Irish Song Man (OUP, 2011) won the Alan P. Merriam Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology. He and his co-author, Sean Williams, address larger questions about song, identity, and culture. They explore the deep ambivalence both the Irish and Irish-Americans felt toward the traditional aspects of their culture, examining other critical issues, such as gender and masculinity, authenticity, and contemporary marketing and consumption of sean-nós singing in both Ireland and the United States.
MARCH 27, 2014 (Thursday) at 6 p.m., CGS, 871 Commonwealth Avenue, Katzenberg Center (3rd Floor)
‘Shadow of the opus…magnum’: AN EVENING ON SAMUEL BECKETT. A panel with Cassandra Nelson (Harvard University), Christopher Ricks (Boston University), Robert Scanlan (Harvard University) and Allison Vanouse (Boston University). Vanouse will also offer a brief theatrical performance. This event is free and open to the public.