Upcoming Speaker Series

Sunday April 27, 4.30pm, Gregory Dobbins, Associate Professor of English, UC Davis, will talk about his book Lazy Idle Schemers: Irish Modernism and the Cultural Politics of Idleness.  Dobbins argues that the cultural politics of Irish modernism lie precisely in its engagement with the concept of idleness. He contends that the representation of what exactly the intellectual does, or rather, what exactly the intellectual does not do, became a preoccupation within the line of Irish modernist novels initiated by the publication of Ulysses -- that an emphasis upon the representation of idleness, even the suggestion that idleness might stand in for innovative forms of creative work, prevails in the Irish modernist texts. Idleness, he argues, signifies dissent from the ongoing project of the work of the nation.
Location: The United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue (at Sloat Boulevard), San Francisco, California 94116. 4.30pm

Sunday May 18, 4.30pm, Kathleen Cogan Kovach will discuss "The Life & Work of Ecclesiastical Artist Joseph Tierney in Ireland and America"

Born and educated in Dublin, Joseph Tierney (1890-1965) attended the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art at the height of the Arts and Crafts Movement in Ireland—the artistic counterpart of the Celtic Literary Revival.  Working mainly in the fields of manuscript illumination and stained glass, he was influenced by the principles of this movement throughout his artistic career in both Ireland and America.  A significant part of his work is in California.
Kathleen is a former president of the Irish Literary and Historical Society and is now a member of the ILHS Board of Directors.  She spoke on the poetry of Seamus Heaney at the ILHS in 2001.  From 1984 to 2001, she served on the faculty in English and Humanities at Holy Names University, Oakland, California.  She and her husband Ed recently moved to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area where she is presently a docent at the Folger Shakespeare Library
Location: The United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue (at Sloat Boulevard), San Francisco, California 94116. 4.30pm

Future Meeting Dates:
Sunday September 28, 2014 - To be announced
Monday October 27, 2014 - Myles Dungan in conversation with Colm Toibin. 
Sunday November 16, 2014 - To be announced

E-Book - Our publication The Irish of the San Francisco Bay Area - Essays on Good Fortune is now available as an E-Book. Click here to preview and download

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    The Irish Literary & Historical Society (ILHS) of the San Francisco Bay Area provides an open, nonsectarian, and nonpolitical forum for the presentation and discussion of Irish and Irish-American culture. The ILHS hosts a speaker series at which invited speakers explore Irish arts, literature, history, society, and culture. In March, the Society hosts its annual St. Patrick’s Banquet, featuring a guest speaker and an evening of Irish music, song, and poetry.More

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