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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.

Fall 2014

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 9:00am - 2:00pm
Study Abroad Fair
Union Consourse, UW-Milwaukee Campus

Come and learn all about Spring 2015 Colmcille semester in Ireland. Program leaders, financial aid representatives, and semester-long program representatives will be available to answer any questions you might have.

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 3:00 - 5:00pm
Open House
Merrill Hall, Room G42, UW-Milwaukee Campus

Mingle and learn about the Certificate in Celtic Studies, our Irish language and Celtic Studies classes, our summer programs, and our academic and community events from our Center's directors and instructors. Refreshments served.

Thursday, September 17, 2014, 6:00pm
Scotland Yet: An evening of Sottish cinema, culture and conversations on
national identity

Where: Hefter Center, 3271 N. Lake Drive (on the corner of Hartford Ave.)
When: Wednesday, September 17th. Refreshments 6:00 PM. Welcome and introduction to cinema and conversations at 6:30 PM.
Who: Associate Professors Andrew Kincaid and Tami Williams, Zachary Finch, Lauren Haufler, Allain Daigle, and Jessica Johnston.
Background: 2014 is a momentous year in the history of Scotland. It marks the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn when Robert de Bruce and the Scots defeated the English army of Edward II thereby ensuring Scottish Independence for another few centuries. On September 18th the Scottish people will vote by referendum to regain or reject that independence. At the moment the polls show the “YES” and “NO” sides neck and neck. Whatever the outcome, Scotland and its place in the world will be changed forever.

The Scotland Yet presentation is free and open to the public. CCS is co-hosting this event with the Department of English and the Media and Digital Studies Department at UWM.

Monday, September 29, 2014, 6:30pm
Screening of Translations Revisited
UWM's Hefter Center, 3271 N. Lake Drive, UW-Milwaukee

Filmmaker Maurice Fitzpatrick will screen Translations Revisited, an acclaimed documentary on Brian Friel and the first production of his play Translations. Light refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 5:15-6:15pm
Sean-nós Singing Workshop
Merrill Hall, Room 111, UWM Campus

Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde ( a winner of Corn Uí Riada, the prestigious Oireachtas sean-nós singing competition, will facilitate this event. The workshop is free and all are welcome to attend, however, pre-registration is required.

Please use the Google Form to sign up.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:30-9:00pm
Fall Kick-off Céilí
Zelazo Center, UWM Campus, 2419 E Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee

Fall Semester Kick-off Céilí, featuring the music of Ceol Cairde and the traditional singing of Doiminic Mac Giolla Bhríde (direct from Ireland). Refreshments will be served.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:30-8:30pm
The Scottish Independencee Referendum and the future of the UK: Questions of Social Justics and Social Welfare
Dr. Gerry Mooney, Visiting Professor in Scottish Studies, UW-River Falls
UWM Hefter Center, UWM Campus, 3271 N. Lake Dr., Milwaukee

Dr. Gerry Mooney is a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Criminology, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Open University in Scotland in Edinburgh and visiting Professor in Scottish Studies, University of Wisconsin, River Falls. He has written widely on issues relating to Scottish society, Scottish devolution, and social welfare in Scotland, and on a range of issues and subjects from social policy, poverty and inequality through to criminology and criminal justice, urban studies, industrial relations and social and geographical inequalities in the contemporary city.

October 31, 2014, 6:00 - 9:00pm
Samhain, A Celbration of the Celtic New Year
UWM Hefter Center, UWM Campus, 3271 N. Lake Dr., Milwaukee

Ceol provided by Blackthorn Folly. "Tales of Sheridan Le Fanu," by John Gleeson. For more information call The Center for Celtic Studies at 414-229-6520.

This event is generously supported by a grant from the Government of Ireland, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

November 14, 2014, 6:30
Celtic Studies Chuck Ward Memorial Lecture
William H. A. Williams, Retired academic, musician, and writer
From Paddy Whack to Paddy Punk: An Exploration of Irish Music and Song in America
Milwaukee Irish Fest Center, 1532 N. Wauwatosa Ave., Milwaukee

Historian and musician Bill Williams will discuss the evolution of Irish and Irish-American music from the nineteenth to the end of the twentieth century. The presentation will include renditions of songs from Vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley. The evening kicks off at 6:30 pm with light refreshments followed by the presentation at 7:00 pm and is free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by UWM's Center for Celtic Studies and Milwaukee Irish Fest, this annual event commemorates and honors the life and work of the late great Chuck Ward, one of the founders and guiding geniuses of Irish Fest.

Spring 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 7:00pm
Timothy White, Political Science, Xavier University, Cincinnati
Lessons from the Northern Ireland Peace Process
Greene Hall, 3347 N. Downer Ave, UW-Milwaukee Campus

Professor Timothy White will discuss a recent volume of essays entitled Lessons from the Northern Ireland Peace Process.

Building on a variety of approaches in political science and the social sciences more generally, Lessons from the Northern Ireland Peace Process evaluates the successes and limitations of the peace process in Northern Ireland and considers how — or whether — what has been learned here can be applied to other regional conflicts.

February 21-23, 2014
Tionól Gaeilge, Irish Language Weekend
Milwaukee Irish Fest Center, 1532 Wauwatosa Ave., Milwaukee

A warm welcome waits you with classes at every level, from absolute beginner to those almost fluent. The event also features our annual Douglas Hyde commemorative lecture and the popular Siopa Leabhar bookshop. We are grateful to Milwaukee Irish Fest Center (1532 Wauwatosa Ave. Milwaukee) for hosting the event this year.

Registration: Weekend Tuition $90; Free to all UW-Milwaukee students.

The Crowne Plaza Hotel, 10499 Innovation Drive, Wauwatosa, is available at a rate of $89 per night. The hotel offers free parking and complimentary shuttle service to anywhere from 9am to 10pm every day.

Flyer and registration form (pdf)

We thank you for your interest in CCS and look forward to seeing you in 2014.

Friday, February 28, 2014
The Scholar and the Library
Michael Beebe, English, UW-Milwaukee
"James Joyce's Ulysses and the Birth of Bio political Subjectivity"
Room E281, Golda Meir Library, UW-Milwaukee

A recipient of a 2013-14 Chancellor's Golda Meir Library Scholar Award, Beebe's will discuss his award-winning research on the ways that Irish literary giant James Joyce expressed an emergent form of Irish political subjectivity in his iconic novel Ulysses. Beebe's bio political critique of Joyce's work and times engages one of modern literature's greatest figures on questions of citizenship, national sovereignty and the public good in the late days of British dominion over Ireland.

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 6:00pm
Aisling Gheal (Bright Vision) Screening
Hefter Center, 3271 N. Lake Drive, UW-Milwaukee

Join us for a free screening of Irish filmmaker Dónal O Céilleachair's breathtaking new documentary about Ireland's sean-nós tradition. Aisling Gheal are a team of women passionately keeping Sean-nós alive and attracting young protégés all the time. Amongst them is 10-year-old Shahira Apraku who attends the local Gaelscoil and embodies an entire new generation of Irish speakers. Shahira's journey, the struggles of the women, the songs of the Sean-nós and the flow of the Sullane river provide parallel intersecting narrative vehicles for this documentary, yielding insights into this part Celtic culture while challenging some of our key contemporary notions of 'Irishness' in the process.

Sunday 6, 2014, 2:00-6:00pm
Tartan Day Kirkin'
All Saints Cathedral, 818 E Juneau Ave., Milwaukee

This year's Kirkin' is on Sunday April 6 (actually on Tartan Day this year) at 2:00-6:00 pm at All Saints Cathedral, 818 E Juneau Ave., Milwaukee. After the church service (during which your tartan can be blessed), a reception and food follows, and a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Arborath (the model for our Declaration of Independence). There is also a raffle. In past services, there has been a Concerto for Pipe Organ and Bagpipe Band. Kilts/tartans are encouraged, but not required. Free.

CCS will celebrate Tartan Day on campus April 16th – more information on that event at a later time.

Friday, April 11, 2014, 7:30pm
Iarla O'Lionáird, Life, Love and Death, Sean-nós performance
Turner Hall Ballroom, 1034 N. 4th St., Milwaukee

O'Lionáird grew up and learned his craft in the musical heartland of Cúil Aodha in the West Cork Gaeltacht. From his early recording of the vision song, Aisling Gheal, while still a boy, through his recent recordings, O'Lionaird has established himself both as a masterful exponent of Sean Nós Song and as a pioneer in its renewal and development. O'Lionáird has always been a collaborator and an artist seeking new fields of engagement. His collaborations with Peter Gabriel on Ovo have taken on an increasingly classical form. His song-cycle with Gavin Bryars, Anail De (The Breath of God), reflects a deep artistic collaboration and friendship with the composer. Similarly, he has worked extensively with acclaimed Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy and his group The Crash Ensemble. O'Lionáird recently completed a tour including a sell-out show at The National Concert Hall in Dublin with The Gloaming, his new band, which also features fiddler Martin Hayes.

UWM students receive a discount so that a single ticket only costs $5. Please call the box office at 414-271-0711 and mention being a UWM student to receive the discount. For more information please visit Present Music's website.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 6:30-8:00pm
Tartan Day Celebration
Tyler Hackworth
Ancient, Old and New: The Evolving Landscape of Scotland
Greene Hall, 3347 Downer Ave., UW-Milwaukee Campus

Tartan Day celebrates the Declaration of Arbroath. The Declaration is in the form of a letter sent to Pope John XXII, dated the 6th of April, 1320 and signed by Scotland's chieftains, churchmen, and nobility. As a definition of Scottish independence, it is a stirring manifesto which ranks among the world's great statements. It is particularly important as the sturdy response of a small nation to stronger powers who sought to curtail its freedom. This event is celebrated every April as Tartan Day.

The Center will mark this special day on Wednesday, April 16th with a talk titled Ancient, Old and New: The Evolving Landscape of Scotland. Guest speaker Tyler Hackworth will give a talk about how Roman hands, medieval stones, and modern steel have blended, giving cities like Edinburgh, a unique beauty and aura of ancient footsteps in modern shoes. Free.

Friday, May 9, 2014, 6:00-8:00pm
Certificate Awards Ceremony
UWM Hefter Center, 3271 N. Lake Drive, Milwaukee

Join us as we celebrate the achievements of our students at the annual Certificate Awards Ceremony. Congratulations go out to Andrew Martins, Maggie McGwinn, Lauren Messner, and Alexander Knox for completing their certificates.

This evening of Celtic conviviality begins with a reception and will include a short program of Irish music by Blackthorn Folly and Irish dancing with Marquette Highschool Celtic Club.

Graduation Speaker: New addition to our faculty from Ireland, Dr. Alison Donnelly will give a lively presentation entitled "Timing is Everything: How Irish wildlife is responding to global climate change."

This event is free and open to the public and a warm welcome awaits all.