The 13th John V. Kelleher Lecture
The John V. Kelleher Lecture commemorates Harvard’s first professor of Irish Studies. John Kelleher was a distinguished scholar and legendary teacher in many areas, from the early heroic sagas to James Joyce; from the medieval annals and kinglists to the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 and beyond. A native of Lawrence, Massachusetts and a graduate of Dartmouth College, he came to Harvard as a Junior Fellow in 1940, and except for his years of service in Washington during the Second World War, remained at Harvard until his retirement in 1986. He died in January 2004. In inviting our Kelleher Lecturers, we seek out the finest scholars in the world of Celtic studies, speakers whose range and depth is worthy of John Kelleher’s legacy. Seamus Heaney delivered the inaugural Kelleher Lecture in 2004, and subsequent lecturers have included Damian McManus, Joseph F. Nagy, Philip O’Leary, Patrick Sims-Williams and Richard Suggett. For detailed information about the next Kelleher Lecture, please see the Harvard Celtic Colloquium page.
This year's speaker:
Professor of Welsh and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Welsh Medium and Civic Engagement
The Red Sword, the Sickle and the Author’s Revenge:
Welsh Literature and Conflict in the Seventeenth Century
Thursday, October 6th, 2016, 5:00 pm
Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street
This event is open to members and invited guests of the Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures. The public is invited to attend if space is available.
36th Annual Harvard Celtic Colloquium
October 7, 8, and 9, 2016
Thompson Room (Room 110)
Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street
The Harvard Celtic Colloquium is a three-day conference organized each October by graduate students in the department. The conference attracts scholars and graduate students from around the world, and all those with a serious interest in Celtic studies are welcome to participate.
Fall Speakers, 2016
Mahindra Humanities Center Seminar on Celtic Literature and Culture by Peredur Lynch, Bangor University “Welsh Poetry and Neuroscience”
Friday, November 4th, 2016 - 4:30pm Barker Center 133.
Winter/Spring Speakers, 2016
Mahindra Humanities Center Seminar on Celtic Literature and Culture by Natasha Sumner, Harvard University “Fionn mac Cumhaill from the Revival to the Big Screen”
Friday, April 22nd, 2016 - 4:30pm Room 420, Two Arrow street
Colmán Ó Clabaigh
Mahindra Humanities Center Seminar on Celtic Literature and Culture by Colmán Ó Clabaigh, Glenstal Abbey and Boston College “Daughters of Eve: Women and Religion in Late Medieval Ireland”
Friday, April 8, 2016 - 4:30pm Room 201, Warren House
Mahindra Humanities Center Seminar on Celtic Literature and Culture by Matthieu Boyd, Fairleigh Dickinson University "On Not Eating Dog"
Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 4:30pm Room 114, Barker Center
Mahindra Humanities Center Seminar on Celtic Literature and Culture by Chris Killip, Harvard University "On Being Manx"
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 4:30pm Room 133, Barker Center
Mahindra Humanities Center Seminar on Celtic Literature and Culture by Edel Bhreathnach, Discovery Programme: Centre for Archaeology and Innovation Ireland "Kings, Ceremonies, and Landscapes: Understanding the Royal Sites of Ireland"
Friday, February 19, 2016 - 4:30pm Room 133, Barker Center
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