The 15th John V. Kelleher Lecture

John Kelleher

John Kelleher

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:

William Gillies
University of Edinburgh

'Iceberg tips or floating islands? The Harlaw Brosnachadh re-visited.'

Thursday, October 4th, 2018, 5:00 pm
Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 

Reception to follow, 6 to 8pm, all are welcome

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.  

38th Annual Harvard Celtic Colloquium

October 5, 6, and 7, 2018
The 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.


Winter Speakers, 2018

Roy Flechner

Mahindra Humanities Center Seminar on Celtic Literature and Culture by Roy Flechner, University College, Dublin ”Pseudo-Origen and the Earliest Irish World Chronicle ”

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 4:30pm Room 201, Warren House 12 Quincy St. Cambridge MA. 02138

Geraldine Parsons

Mahindra Humanities Center Seminar on Celtic Literature and Culture by Geraldine Parsons, University of Glasgow”The Cáma enigma: re-reading the opening of Acallam na Senórach ”

Thursday, February 1st, 2018, 4:30 pm Barker Center, Room 133 12 Quincy St. Cambridge MA. 02138

Fall Speakers, 2017

Margo Griffin Wilson

Mahindra Humanities Center Seminar on Celtic Literature and Culture by Margo Griffin Wilson, University of Cambridge “Editing and interpreting Teallach coisreagtha críoch Bharrach (c. 1600): A bardic poem to Dáibhídh de Barra ”

Friday, Septermber 22, 2017 - 4:30pm Kates Room, Warren House Room 201.

Dorothy Africa

Mahindra Humanities Center Seminar on Celtic Literature and Culture by Dorothy Africa, Harvard University “Telling a Book and its Cover: medieval western book construction”

Friday, Nov. 3 at 4:30, 2017 - 2 Arrow St. room 420.

Sìm Innes

Mahindra Humanities Center Seminar on Celtic Literature and Culture by Sìm Innes University of Glasgow “Pastorals for Warriors?: The 18th-century Scottish Enlightenment and Gaelic poetry”

Friday, November 17th, 2017 at 4:3o Kates Room, Warren House, Room 201


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