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 speaker 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 Quincy 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.  

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.

Fall Speakers, 2015

Dr. Katharine K. Olson

Mahindra Humanities Center Seminar on Celtic Literature and Culture by Dr. Katharine K. Olson, of Bangor University. "The Seven Journeys of the Soul": Women, Manuscript Culture, and the Apocalypse in Medieval and Renaissance Wales and Ireland"

Friday, Nov. 6th at 4:30 in Barker 133. 12 Quincy St. Cambridge, MA.

Christopher Loveluck

Mahindra Humanities Center Seminar on Celtic Literature and Culture by Christopher Loveluck of the University of Nottingham. "Atlantic Networks and Social Change in the Early Medieval West: Western Britain and Ireland in an Expanding Archaeological Context, c. AD 400-1200"

Thursday, Nov. 19th at 4:30 in Warren House 201. 12 Quincy St. Cambridge, MA.

E. Wyn James

Mahindra Humanities Center Seminar on Celtic Literature and Culture by Professor E. Wyn James, School of Welsh, Cardiff University and Co-Director of the Cardiff Centre for Welsh American Studies. "Identity, Immigration and Assimilation: The Case of the Welsh Settlement in Patagonia"

Friday, Sept. 11 at 4:00 in Barker 133. 12 Quincy St. Cambridge, MA.


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