Boston University Hosts The Annual American Conference For Irish Studies

in Arts, Humanities/Social Science, News Releases
September 21st, 2001

Contact: Ann Deveney, 617/353-2240 |

Boston, Mass. — Poet and journalist Mary O’Malley headlines the 2001 New England Regional Meeting for the American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS) at Boston University on Sept. 28-29. The “Home: In the Eyes of the Emigrant” regional meeting, open to the public, will address all fields of Irish studies, including poetry, fiction, films, music, and plays.

O’Malley will be featured in an evening of Irish poetry and traditional music on Friday, Sept. 28 at 8:30 p.m. at BU’s George Sherman Union. Renowned musicians Jimmy Noonan, Laurel Martin, Kathleen Guilday, and Myron Bretholtz will perform.

A first-time host, BU’s College of General Studies (CGS) presents an eclectic mix of new scholarship and research. “With its many Irish neighborhoods, Boston is the perfect site for the ACIS conference,” says Sally K. Sommers Smith, CGS professor and conference co-chair. The conference will draw a number of prominent historians, poets, literary critics, economists, and musicians, and offer numerous presentations on Irish emigration, especially emigration to New England.

Featured speakers include Maureen Dezell, author and Boston Globe arts and entertainment writer, who will discuss her recent book, “Irish America: Coming Into Clover, The Evolution of a People and a Culture.” Richard Finnegan, director of the Stonehill College Irish Studies Department, will talk about women’s rights in Ireland and U.S. civil rights. Also, conference participants can attend a performance of James Joyce’s “The Dead” at the Huntington Theater; tickets will be available at a substantial discount.

O’Malley, who comes from County Galway, Ireland, is a member of the famed Aosdána, an affiliation of Irish artists engaged in literature, music, and visual arts.

For more information on the poetry reading and music concert, or how to register for the conference, please call Sally Sommers Smith at 617/353-2886.

What: The Annual American Conference for Irish Studies

Where: Boston University’s George Sherman Union (GSU) 775 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, Mass.

When: Friday, Sept. 28 – Saturday, Sept. 29

Hours: Friday: 1 – 5:30 p.m.; Saturday: 8 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Registration/Fee: Friday: 1 p.m., Terrace Lounge, GSU Auditorium Registration fee: non-ACIS members: $65.00; graduate students, independent scholars, and others: $30.00

Poetry and Music: Friday: 8:30 p.m., GSU Auditorium, “An Evening of Irish Poetry and Traditional Music.” (Tickets: available at the door beginning at 7:30 p.m. Prices: $12.00 for the general public; $10.00 for any college/university faculty or staff member with identification; $8.00 for students with identification.)

The American Conference for Irish Studies is a multidisciplinary scholarly organization with approximately 1,500 members in the United States, Ireland, Canada, and other countries around the world.

Boston University, the fourth largest independent university in the United States, enrolls nearly 29,000 students in its 17 schools and colleges. The University offers an exceptional grounding in the liberal arts, a broad range of program in the arts, sciences, engineering, and professional areas, and state-of-the-art facilities for teaching and research.

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