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The 12th John V. Kelleher Lecture

John Kelleher







John Kelleher

The John V. Kelleher Lecture commemorates Harvardís 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 Kelleherís legacy. Seamus Heaney delivered the inaugural Kelleher Lecture in 2004, and subsequent lecturers have included Damian McManus, Joseph F. Nagy, Philip OíLeary, Patrick Sims-Williams and Richard Suggett. For detailed information about the next Kelleher Lecture, please see the Harvard Celtic Colloquium page.


This year's speakier will be Professor Fergus Kelly, School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. Lecture title: "Whodunnit? Indirect evidence in early Irish Law".

Thursday, October 8th, 2015, 5:00 pm
Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Garden Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 

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.  Due to limited seating space, admission to the event is not guaranteed.

35th Annual Harvard Celtic Colloquium

October 9, 10, and 11, 2015
Thompson Room (Room 110)
Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts

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/Spring, 2015

1st Harvard Breton Workshop

Université Rennes 2 and the Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Presents: the 1st Harvard Breton Workshop.

11 - 14 May 2015, 9:30 am to 5pm. Kates Room, Room 201, Warren House 12 Quincy St. Cambridge MA. For a complete shedule click here - Breton Workshop Schedule

Natasha Sumner, Thesis Defense

The Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures presents: Natash Sumner of Harvard University.

A thesis presentation and defense by Natasha Sumner. 'The Fenian Narrative Corpus, c.600 - c.2000' on Wednesday, May 6 from 1:00-3:00. Kates Room, Room 201, Warren House 12 Quincy St. Cambridge MA.

Feargal Ó Béarra

The Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures Presents: Feargal Ó Béarra of the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Please join us in welcoming Feargal Ó Béarra of the Department of Irish, National University of Ireland, Galway, who will be visiting our Department on Thursday, April 30, 4:00 p.m. Feargal Ó Béarra will be giving a talk entitled Author, audience, and tradition in medieval Irish literature: listening afresh to Síaburcharpat Con Culainn. Then the following day, Friday, May 1st, at 11 am in the Kates Room, he will offer a seminar entitled An introduction to Irish palaeography, and to the transition from Old to Middle Irish as exemplified by Cath Almaine. Room 201, Warren House 12 Quincy St. Cambridge MA.

Joseph Nagy

The Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures Presents: Joseph Nagy of UCLA.

Please join us in welcoming Prof. Joseph Nagy of UCLA who will be visiting our Department. On Wednesday, April 22 at 4 pm, Prof. Nagy will give a talk in the Kates Room entitled Fráech and Fungibility in an Early Irish Saga.  Then the following day, Thursday, April 23, also at 4 pm in the Kates Room, he will offer a seminar on Táin Bó Fraích.  Room 201, Warren House 12 Quincy St. Cambridge MA.

Neil McLeod

The Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures Presents: Neil McLeod of Murdoch University.

Please join us in welcoming Prof. Neil McLeod of Murdoch University who will be visiting our Department April 8-10. On Wed. April 8 at 4 pm, Prof. McLeod will give a talk in the Kates Room entitled The political context of the Middle Irish tale Cath Crinna. Then the following day, Thursday, April 9, also at 4 pm in the Kates Room, he will offer a seminar on Irish metrics. Room 201, Warren House 12 Quincy St. Cambridge MA.

Maureen Murphy

Mahindra Humanities Center Seminar on Celtic Literature and Culture by Maureen Murphy, Hofstra University .
"Asenath Nicholson and the Great Irish Famine"

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 4:30pm Room 201, Kates room Warren House 12 Quincy St. Cambridge, MA.

Aled Llion Jones

Celtic GSAS Seminars & Mahindra Humanities Center Seminar by Aled Llion Jones, Bangor University.
"Poets, Princes, Grammar, Death: reading the Gogynfeirdd with Heidegger."

Thursday March 26, 2015 - 4:30 in 133 Barker. 12 Quincy St. Cambridge, MA.

Frances Ludlow

Mahindra Humanities Center Seminar on Celtic Literature and Culture by Frances Ludlow, Yale University.
'Extreme Weather, Violence and Conflict in Medieval Irish Chroniclesí

Thursday, February 5th , 2015 - 4:30pm Kates room Warren House, 12 Quincy St. Cambridge, MA.

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