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September 26, 2019 – We are sad to report that Professor Emeritus Gary Holland passed away earlier this week. Gary earned his PhD in Linguistics from Berkeley in 1980 and spent the rest of his career here. He became Professor Emeritus just last year. One of the world’s foremost experts on the Rig Veda, he was a remarkably interdisciplinary scholar, with connections (teaching or research) in Scandinavian Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Celtic Studies, and Classics, among others. He was also a remarkable servant of the Department of Linguistics and of the University of California. He served as the Head Graduate Advisor in Linguistics, and several times as the Director of the Celtic Studies Program, as well as in many campus-wide positions in the Academic Senate. In fact, just this semester he was recalled to work in the Division of Undergraduate Studies. He won the College of Letters and Sciences “Distinguished Service Award” in 2014. He shared his love of music and good cheer with many friends in the department and the wider Berkeley community, and will be missed by all.
Sunday March 14, 2021, 5pm: ILHS Presents Annual St. Patrick’s Celebration with community Irish Poetry Reading & Discussion. The program will feature several UC Berkeley Celtic Studies scholars and faculty, ILHS Chairman Emeritus Jim Walsh, and poems read by members. Attend via Zoom at this link.
Full event details here, from the ILHS newsletter.
Thursday, April 8, 2021, 12:00pm: Overcoming the Zero-Sum Game in Northern Ireland: The Role of John Hume”, a Lecture with Professor Seán Farren
This lecture will examine the role played by John Hume, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and widely acknowledged to be the architect of the Good Friday Agreement, in transforming politics in Northern Ireland. His focus on relationships between the various protagonists challenged traditional ways of defining the conflict in Northern Ireland, and, in that agreement, he laid the basis for a new beginning.
Click here to Register for the webinar.
Presented by the Department of History, the Institute of European Studies program in Irish Studies, the Celtic Studies Program, and the Peace and Conflict Studies Program in Global Studies.
Presented by the Irish Literary and Historical Society of San Francisco:
January 30, 2021, 5pm: Ciara Ryan, Ph.D., “Butte’s Cultural Comrades and Political Poets: Seán “Irish” O Sullivan and Séamus “an Spailpín Fánach” Moriarty”.
Our 2019 Samhain Celebration took place on October 31 in Wheeler Hall. Above are photos highlighting the evening’s festivities.
The Celtic Studies newsletter, Treibh, written by students and faculty:
Volume 3: Treibh – Bealtaine.
CELTS IN THE NEWS:
- How speaking Welsh became cool.
- 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.
May 2, 2019: Revolutionary Gaelic League, a talk by Renée Tosser, Université de la Réunion
219 Dwinelle Hall, 5pm
March 15-17, 2019: The 41st California Celtic Conference
370 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
All are welcome; there is no registration fee. The program can be found here.
October 11, 2018: An Evening with Paul Muldoon
Presented by the Irish Studies Program, Institute of European Studies.
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.
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. A roundtable discussion of the 1916 Rising and its legacy by UC Berkeley faculty and invited guests. Read more here.
A 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.