News and Events

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ANNOUNCING A NEW SCHOLARSHIP:  Together with his family, Michael Davis — a 2013 graduate of Celtic Studies — has set up an annual $1,000 scholarship for Celtic Studies students: the Scotty Ross Memorial Scholarship, named after a family member. The scholarship is open to more than just Celtic Studies majors and minors (although majors will get priority). For 2018-19, the application deadline is May 1, 2018 and the award will be posted before next fall’s assessed fees. Click here for details.


EVENTS:

August 16, 2018: Golden Bear Orientation — Major/Minor Fair
Pauley Ballroom, ASUC, UC Berkeley. 12-2pm
Attend the Major/Minor Fair during the Golden Bear Orientation, and visit the Celtic Studies table to learn about our major and minor tracks! Open to all incoming freshmen and transfer students.

September 6, 2018: “The Present and Future of Irish Language: A Panel Discussion”
Geballe Room, Stephens Hall. 5-7:30pm Presented by the Irish Studies Program, Institute of European Studies.
Free to attend but advance registration recommended. Registration + info here.

October 11, 2018: An Evening with Paul Muldoon
315 Wheeler Hall/Maude Fife Room. 6-7:30pm Presented by the Irish Studies Program, Institute of European Studies.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet and recipient of HM Queen Elizabeth’s Gold Medal for Poetry for 2017 visits the UC Berkeley campus for a reading of recent and classic work. Details here.

March 15 – 17, 2019:  California Celtic Conference
Location TBD, University of California, Berkeley

Call for papers coming soon.
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The Celtic Studies newsletter, Treibh, written by students and faculty:

Volume 3: Treibh – Bealtaine.

Volume 2: Treibh – Imbolc.

Volume 1: Treibh – Samhain 2015


CELTS IN THE NEWS:

  • An interview with Celtic Studies Professor Emeritus Daniel Melia: “2017’s Best Cities for St Patrick’s Day Celebrations.”
  • Press Release: Celtic Studies minor Brennan Fahselt and Celtic Studies alumna Renata Rua were were presented with 2016 Gaeltacht Summer awards to study Irish language in Galway, Ireland. Read the press release here.
  • An interview with Professor emeritus Dan Melia about St. Patrick’s Day [9 Mar 2016].
  • The Irish Studies Program of the National University of Ireland awarded two scholarships to Celtic Studies Program students Tony Coyle and Tim Hill. See photo here.
  • Press Release: 3 UC Berkeley Celtic Studies students — Dylan Cooper and Andrea Eberle, Celtic Studies majors, and Alessandra Moyer, Irish language student — were presented with Summer Gaeltacht Awards to study Irish language in Galway, Ireland. Read the press release here. See photos here.

PAST EVENTS:

April 21, 2018: CalDay 2018: Whirlwind Tour of the Celtic Languages
11:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m., 100 Wheeler Hall, UC Berkeley

April 16, 2018: False Comfort: Sex, Prayer, and Modernism in Eimear McBride’ s A Girl is a Half-formed Thing
Lecture by Paige Reynolds, Profesor of English, College of the Holy Cross. Sponsored by the Irish Studies Program

March 22, 2018: Celebration of the Contributions of Bob and Becky Tracy to Irish Studies at Berkeley and in the Bay Area 6:00-8:00 p.m., 315 Wheeler Hall, UC Berkeley. Sponsored by the Irish Studies Program

November 1, 2017: Samhain Celebration. 5:30-7:30pm. English Department Lounge, Wheeler Hall, 3rd Floor.
Presented by the Celtic Studies and Irish Studies Programs at UC Berkeley. Click for further details.

May 5: Turning the Tables: An Irish Film Artist Gets Inside the Skin of the Anthropologists of Western Ireland

Duncan Campbell, recipient of the 2014 Turner Prize, will show his latest film “The Welfare of Tomás Ó Hallissy” currently exhibited at the IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art). Panel discussants: Duncan Campbell, Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Paul Hockings.

March 16-19, 2017: 39th California Celtic Conference

An Evening of Stories for Eddie Stack (1950-2016). October 27, 2016. Eddie Stack, a beloved teacher and friend, admired writer, and talented musician, left us on July 4, 2016. The Program in Celtic Studies at UC Berkeley, together with the Irish Literary and Historical Society of San Francisco, propose to hold an evening of story-telling in his memory. Stories about Eddie, stories we heard Eddie tell, stories Eddie would have liked.Scheduled presenters will include Robert Tracy (Professor Emeritus, Department of English), Thomas Walsh (Celtic Studies Program), Jamie Stack, and some of Eddie‘s Irish language students.

Hell No, We Won’t Go: Irish America’s Role in Defending the North of Ireland Vote to Reject Brexit. October 31, 2016. Máirtín O’Muilleoir, Finance Minister of Northern Ireland. More information here.

A Poetry Reading by Trevor Joyce. November 1, 2016. More information here.

Film Screening and Panel Discussion: “Reframing 1916”. November 17, 2016.  More information here.

Reflecting on the Rising: The 1916 Centenary. Friday, April 29, 2016. 3:00pm, Maude Fife Room/315 Wheeler Hall. 1916commemorationA roundtable discussion of the 1916 Rising and its legacy by UC Berkeley faculty and invited guests. Read more here.

Eddie Stack Reading PosterA Reading by Eddie Stack. Tuesday, March 15, 2016. 6:00pm, Maude Fife Room/315 Wheeler Hall.
Read more here.

38th Annual University of California Celtic Studies Conference: UCLA, March 10-13, 2016.

Michael Dietler, Professor of Anthropology, University of Chicago. Pritchett Seminar: “Consumption, Entanglement, and Embodied Material Culture: Colonial Encounters in Ancient Mediterranean France”
November 3, 2015. Read more here.

President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins: “Ending Global Hunger and Eliminating Poverty: Is It Possible?” October 26, 2015.

“The Critical Importance of Less Commonly Taught Languages” Celtic Studies lecturer Kathryn Klar is a featured speaker. October 16, 2015. B-4 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley. 3-5 pm.

Facing the Music: Public Imperatives in Seamus Heaney’s Late Poetry/Noli Timere: Reflections on the Life and Work of Seamus Heaney,” Professor Michael Parker, October 6.

Conference: Post-Print Manuscript Cultures in Ireland, Scotland, and Iceland. September 10-11, 2015, Ulster University, Derry. For speakers, talks, and more, read the program here. See poster here.

“The Musical Responses to the Poems of Ossian”, Professor James Porter, April 15, 2015.

International Congress of Irish Studies, 3rd Conference, March 17, 2015.

California Celtic Conference & Celtic Studies Association of North America 2015, March 5-8, 2015.