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Padraic Colum Symposium| Keynote by Professor Margaret Kelleher (UCD)

Tuesday, 11 January 2022, 9:45 – 11:15am

Padraic Colum Symposium| Keynote by Professor Margaret Kelleher (UCD)

Padraic Colum (8th August 1881—11th January 1972): A 50th Anniversary Celebration of his Life and Work

A online keynote lecture by Professor Margaret Kelleher (UCD) “Plutarch Lied”: Padraic Colum’s Challenge to Historical Biography” as part of an online symposium organised by Dr Pádraic Whyte, School of English, TCD and Dr Keith O’Sullivan School of English, DCU in partnership with the Trinity Long Room Hub and the DCU Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.


About Professor Margart Kelleher
Margaret Kelleher is Professor and Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama at University College Dublin.  Her book The Maamtrasna Murders: Language, Life and Death in Nineteenth-Century Ireland (UCD Press, 2018) and awarded the Michael J. Durkan Prize for Books on Language and Culture by the American Conference of Irish Studies in 2019 and shortlisted for the RIA Michel Déon Prize.  Other publications include The Feminization of Famine (Duke UP and Cork UP, 1997), The Cambridge History of Irish Literature, 2 vols, edited with Philip O’Leary (2006) and a special issue of the journal Éire-Ireland on the topic of “Ireland and the Contemporary”, edited with Nicholas Wolf (2017). She is Chair of the Irish Film Institute and UCD academic lead for the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI). 

About Padraic Colum 
Born in Longford, Padraic Colum was a poet, novelist, dramatist, biographer, children’s author and collector of folklore. A founding member of the Abbey Theatre, he was heavily involved in the Irish Revival and was friends with figures such as WB Yeats, Lady Gregory and Arthur Griffith. In 1914 he left for the U.S., becoming an American citizen in 1945 and receiving an honorary degree from Columbia University in 1958. Colum and his wife Mary lectured at Columbia University from 1939 to 1956 and collaborated together on many projects. He is best remembered as a poet, ‘An Old Woman of the Roads’ being one of his most popular poems. He also had a prolific career as an author of myths and legends for children and three of his books were cited (retroactively) as Newbery Honor Books. In 1922, Colum was commissioned by the Hawaiian Legislature to write up Hawaii’s myths and legends as children’s stories. A first edition of these Hawaiian tales was presented by the Government of Ireland to US President Obama on his visit to Ireland in 2011.

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Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Online webinar
Research Theme: Creative Arts Practice, Making Ireland, Manuscript, Book and Print Culture
Event Category: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Key dates, Lectures and Seminars, Public, Special events
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free but Registration Required

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