Month: April 2016

Northern Irish Poet Sinead Morrissey reads at UConn as the 2016 Gerson Irish Literature Reader

In addition to UConn’s brilliant showing at ACIS 2016, we played host on the evening of April 5 to Northern Irish poet Sinead Morrissey as the Gerson Irish Literature Reader for 2016. The reading, which took place at the William Benton Museum, was a rousing success, and it was featured in UConn’s Daily Campus, in an article written by staff writer Edward Pankowski.

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Dr. Sinead Morrissey is Professor of Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University, Belfast. Her book Parallax won the 2013 T. S. Eliot Prize.


A Pair of Poets in Polka-Dots: A picture of Sinead Morrissey with UConn’s very own Erin Lynn

Many thanks to the 2016 Gerson Series team: Prof. Rachael Lynch, Matthew Ryan Shelton, and Brian Sneeden who ran the video recording the night of the event.

UConn at ACIS 2016

The American Conference for Irish Studies for 2016 was held this year at the University of Notre Dame, entitled “The Worlding of Irish Studies,” and UConn was very well represented. Thanks to ISA’s Vice President Brian Sneeden, we have a concise map of all the UConn participants culled from the ACIS 2016 Conference Schedule:

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The ISA also met up with UConn alumns and new friends, too, at O’Rourke’s Public House near campus for a wonderful Irish Studies Alliance Shindig.

Be sure to check out @UConnISA on Twitter, as well as the hashtag #acis2016 for the exciting Twitter coverage of the conference – including poetry readings, secret passageways, snails, keynotes, rain hail and snow, and much much more.

Thanks to everyone who made this year’s ACIS a rousing success, and thanks also to the many UConn participants: Prof. Mary Burke, Prof. Tom Shea, Prof. Rachael Lynch, Tara Harney-Mahajan, Kate Gross, Sarah Berry, Brian Sneeden, and Matthew Ryan Shelton. Maith sibh a chairde!