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Spring 2016

Friday, May 6, 2016, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Center for Celtic Studies Certificate Ceremony
Dr. Mary Trotter, English, UW-Madison
"Constance Markievicz's 'Nationalist Drag': Making a Space for Women in Ireland's Theatrical and Political Stages"

Music will be provided by Áthas, and light refreshments will be served.

Hefter Center, 3271 N. Lake Drive
Free and Open to the Public

Thursday, April 7, 2016
Nina S. McConigley
Hefter Center, 3271 N. Lake Drive, Milwaukee

Born in Singapore and raised in Wyoming, Nina McConigley has won multiple literary awards and has authored works such as Cowboys and East Indians and Owen Wister Considered. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston and an MA in English from the University of Wyoming where she currently teaches writing.

March 4-6, 2016
Deireadh Seachtaine Gaeile/Irish Language Weekend
Milwaukee Irish Fest Center, 1532 Wauwatosa Ave., Milwaukee

Fáilte and welcome back to the Spring Semester. What better way to dive back in than immersing yourself in Gaeilge? The Center for Celtic Studies' Irish Language Weekend is just around the corner at the beginning of March, and it is a wonderful opportunity to connect with other students and speakers of Irish. Lessons are available for everyone from complete beginners to advanced learners in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. The Siopa Gaeilge will also be present and filled with Irish language books and media. We're looking forward to seeing you there!

Weekend Tuition $75
Saturday only $50
Free to UWM students
Pre-registration required. For more information email: or call 414-229-6520.

Please Register Online

Fall 2015

Thursday, September 24, 2015, 3:00pm
Study Abroad in Ireland
Garland Hall 104, UW-Milwaukee Campus

An information session for the Spring Semester in Ireland will be held Thursday, September 24th at 3:00pm in Garland 104. Program leader John Gleeson and Dr. Malachy O'Neill from the University of Ulster will be there to answer your question.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Kick-Off Céilí
Zelazo Center, 2419 E. Kenwood Blvd., UW-Milwaukee Campus

Ceol Cairde will kindly be providing tunes for the evening, along with Scottish Dancers giving a taste of their moves and of course céilí dancing that's sure to be a good time for the new and the seasoned alike. It's open to the public and at no cost, so keep your wallet in your pocket and join us!

Friday, October 30, 2015, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Samhain Celebration
Edith S. Hefter Center, 3271 N. Lake Drive, Milwaukee

A chairde, Fall is here, the leaves are changing colors, and the Celtic harvest and New Year;s festival of Samhain is approaching. The Celts believed that on October 31st, the line between the living and the dead became blurred. Spirits would walk the Earth causing trouble and damaging crops. We won't be damaging crops, but join us for CCS's Samhain Celebration at the Edith S. Hefter Center for live music, mummery, fortune telling and some history behind Halloween and Celtic Samhain traditions.

Monday, November 16, 2015, 6:00pm
Professor Emeritus Keith Busby, Department of French and Italian, UW-Madison
The Normans in Ireland: Linguistic and Cultural Implications
Edith S. Hefter Center, 3271 N. Lake Drive, Milwaukee

In this talk, Keith Busby examines the use of French both before and after the arrival of the first colonists in 1169. He sheds new light on the corpus of medieval French texts composed in Ireland, including an important new discovery concerning the work of Jofroi de Waterford. After considering the persistent image of Ireland as a land of marvels in French literature composed outside of Ireland, he returns to the question of multilingualism and concludes by looking at the use of French as a memorial language on medieval gravestones in southeastern Ireland. The talk is richly illustrated, and free and open to the public.

Spring 2015

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 5:00 - 6:30pm
Exhibition Grand Opening
Labor and Dignity: James Connolly in America An Exhibition
Irish Cultural and Heritage Center, 1532 Wauwatosa Ave., Milwaukee

James Connolly, one of Ireland's national icons, spent considerable time in the United States, where he was involved in the labor movement. These experiences influenced his life back in Ireland, particularly during the Dublin Lockout (1913), and the Easter Rising (1916). He was shot by firing squad on May 12, 1916 for his part in the rebellion. While only 47 years old, he had led a very full life, and was dedicated to Ireland and to eliminating poverty everywhere.

Please join the Center for Celtic Studies, the Consulate General of Ireland, and the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center in welcoming the opening of the James Connolly exhibition.

March 6-7, 2015
Deireadh Seachtaine Gaeilge, Irish Language Gathering
Milwaukee Irish Fest Center, 1532 Wauwatosa Ave., Milwaukee

Registration: Weekend Tuition $90
Free to all UWM students, pre-registration required for students! Register Online

Join us for a weekend of fun! Irish lessons to accommodate all levels, workshops, and the Douglas Hyde Memorial Lecture.

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March 30, 2015, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Beyond Martyrdom: James Connolly and the Labor Movement in America
Irish Cultural and Heritage Center, 2133 W. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI, 53233

Guest Speaker: Dr. McKayla Sutton will give a talk titled "Beyond Martyrdom: James Connolly and the Labor Movement in America."

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This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 9, 2015, 2:00 - 3:30pm
The Annual Literature and Cultural Theory Lecture
David Lloyd, Distinguished Professor of English, University of California-Riverside
The Aesthetic Taboo: Race, Anthropology, and Magic
Curtin Hall, Room 368, UW-Milwaukee Campus

Professor Lloyd is a Distinguished Professor of English and his primary focus has been Irish culture, as well as post-colonial and cultural theory.

This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, April 10, 2015, 11:30am - 1:00pm
Center for Celtic Studies Brown Bag Lunch
David Lloyd, University of California-Riverside
1913-1916-1919: Commemorative & Yeats
Curtin Hall, Room 939, UW-Milwaukee Campus

Friday, April 24, 2015, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Chuck Ward Memorial Lecture
Nicholas Carolan, Director, Irish Traditional Music Archive, Dublin, Ireland
Across the Wild Atlantic: An Overview of Irish Music in the United States
Greene Hall, 3347 N. Downer Ave., UW-Milwaukee Campus

A native of Drogheda, Co. Louth, Nicholas Carolan has been Director of the Irish Traditional Music Archive in Dublin since its formation in 1987. Carolan is an archivist, researcher, writer and public lecturer on Irish traditional music. He was Secretary of the Folk Music Society of Ireland 1977-1992 and lectured on Irish traditional music at Trinity College Dublin 1985-1998. He is best known as researcher and presenter of the longest-running ever series of television programs on Irish music (1994-2014): the RTE archival television series "Come West Along the Road" in its Irish-language version for TG4 Siar an Bothar.

Among his published work is an edition of the first collection of Irish music: A Collection of the Most Celebrated Irish Tunes of 1724, as well as A Short Discography of Irish Folk Music, A Harvest Saved: Francis O'Neill and Irish Music in Chicago, and a wide variety of articles and audiovisual publications.

Friday, May 8, 2015, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
The 2015 Certificate Award Ceremony
Hefter Center, 3271 N. Lake Dr., Milwaukee

Martin Enright will present a talk entitled "The Land of Heart's Desire" in remembering Yeats's Nobel Prize-winning poet's birthday. The presentation will include slides and excerpts from W. B. Yeats's work. Enright joins us from the Yeats Summer School in County Sligo, Ireland, where he currently serves as the Vice President on the Council for the Yeats Society.

Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our certificate awardees! Amber Carlson and Daniel Schlitz

Music will be provided by Áthas, and light refreshments will be served.

Free and open to the public.