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Fall 2014

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 9:00am - 2:00pm
Study Abroad Fair
Union Consourse, UW-Milwaukee Campus

Come and learn all about Spring 2015 Colmcille semester in Ireland. Program leaders, financial aid representatives, and semester-long program representatives will be available to answer any questions you might have.

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 3:00 - 5:00pm
Open House
Merrill Hall, Room G42, UW-Milwaukee Campus

Mingle and learn about the Certificate in Celtic Studies, our Irish language and Celtic Studies classes, our summer programs, and our academic and community events from our Center's directors and instructors. Refreshments served.

Thursday, September 17, 2014, 6:00pm
Scotland Yet: An evening of Sottish cinema, culture and conversations on
national identity

Where: Hefter Center, 3271 N. Lake Drive (on the corner of Hartford Ave.)
When: Wednesday, September 17th. Refreshments 6:00 PM. Welcome and introduction to cinema and conversations at 6:30 PM.
Who: Associate Professors Andrew Kincaid and Tami Williams, Zachary Finch, Lauren Haufler, Allain Daigle, and Jessica Johnston.
Background: 2014 is a momentous year in the history of Scotland. It marks the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn when Robert de Bruce and the Scots defeated the English army of Edward II thereby ensuring Scottish Independence for another few centuries. On September 18th the Scottish people will vote by referendum to regain or reject that independence. At the moment the polls show the “YES” and “NO” sides neck and neck. Whatever the outcome, Scotland and its place in the world will be changed forever.

The Scotland Yet presentation is free and open to the public. CCS is co-hosting this event with the Department of English and the Media and Digital Studies Department at UWM.

Monday, September 29, 2014, 6:30pm
Screening of Translations Revisited
UWM's Hefter Center, 3271 N. Lake Drive, UW-Milwaukee

Filmmaker Maurice Fitzpatrick will screen Translations Revisited, an acclaimed documentary on Brian Friel and the first production of his play Translations. Light refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 5:15-6:15pm
Sean-nós Singing Workshop
Merrill Hall, Room 111, UWM Campus

Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde (http://doimnic.com/en/) a winner of Corn Uí Riada, the prestigious Oireachtas sean-nós singing competition, will facilitate this event. The workshop is free and all are welcome to attend, however, pre-registration is required.

Please use the Google Form to sign up.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:30-9:00pm
Fall Kick-off Céilí
Zelazo Center, UWM Campus, 2419 E Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee

Fall Semester Kick-off Céilí, featuring the music of Ceol Cairde and the traditional singing of Doiminic Mac Giolla Bhríde (direct from Ireland). Refreshments will be served.

October 31, 2014
Samhain our annual Halloween celebration.

October 1, 2014
Application deadline for spring semester in Ireland program.


Spring 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 7:00pm
Timothy White, Political Science, Xavier University, Cincinnati
Lessons from the Northern Ireland Peace Process
Greene Hall, 3347 N. Downer Ave, UW-Milwaukee Campus

Professor Timothy White will discuss a recent volume of essays entitled Lessons from the Northern Ireland Peace Process.

Building on a variety of approaches in political science and the social sciences more generally, Lessons from the Northern Ireland Peace Process evaluates the successes and limitations of the peace process in Northern Ireland and considers how — or whether — what has been learned here can be applied to other regional conflicts.

February 21-23, 2014
Tionól Gaeilge, Irish Language Weekend
Milwaukee Irish Fest Center, 1532 Wauwatosa Ave., Milwaukee

A warm welcome waits you with classes at every level, from absolute beginner to those almost fluent. The event also features our annual Douglas Hyde commemorative lecture and the popular Siopa Leabhar bookshop. We are grateful to Milwaukee Irish Fest Center (1532 Wauwatosa Ave. Milwaukee) for hosting the event this year.

Registration: Weekend Tuition $90; Free to all UW-Milwaukee students.

The Crowne Plaza Hotel, 10499 Innovation Drive, Wauwatosa, is available at a rate of $89 per night. The hotel offers free parking and complimentary shuttle service to anywhere from 9am to 10pm every day.

Flyer and registration form (pdf)

We thank you for your interest in CCS and look forward to seeing you in 2014.

Friday, February 28, 2014
The Scholar and the Library
Michael Beebe, English, UW-Milwaukee
"James Joyce's Ulysses and the Birth of Bio political Subjectivity"
Room E281, Golda Meir Library, UW-Milwaukee

A recipient of a 2013-14 Chancellor's Golda Meir Library Scholar Award, Beebe's will discuss his award-winning research on the ways that Irish literary giant James Joyce expressed an emergent form of Irish political subjectivity in his iconic novel Ulysses. Beebe's bio political critique of Joyce's work and times engages one of modern literature's greatest figures on questions of citizenship, national sovereignty and the public good in the late days of British dominion over Ireland.

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 6:00pm
Aisling Gheal (Bright Vision) Screening
Hefter Center, 3271 N. Lake Drive, UW-Milwaukee

Join us for a free screening of Irish filmmaker Dónal O Céilleachair's breathtaking new documentary about Ireland's sean-nós tradition. Aisling Gheal are a team of women passionately keeping Sean-nós alive and attracting young protégés all the time. Amongst them is 10-year-old Shahira Apraku who attends the local Gaelscoil and embodies an entire new generation of Irish speakers. Shahira's journey, the struggles of the women, the songs of the Sean-nós and the flow of the Sullane river provide parallel intersecting narrative vehicles for this documentary, yielding insights into this part Celtic culture while challenging some of our key contemporary notions of 'Irishness' in the process.

Sunday 6, 2014, 2:00-6:00pm
Tartan Day Kirkin'
All Saints Cathedral, 818 E Juneau Ave., Milwaukee

This year's Kirkin' is on Sunday April 6 (actually on Tartan Day this year) at 2:00-6:00 pm at All Saints Cathedral, 818 E Juneau Ave., Milwaukee. After the church service (during which your tartan can be blessed), a reception and food follows, and a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Arborath (the model for our Declaration of Independence). There is also a raffle. In past services, there has been a Concerto for Pipe Organ and Bagpipe Band. Kilts/tartans are encouraged, but not required. Free.

CCS will celebrate Tartan Day on campus April 16th – more information on that event at a later time.

Friday, April 11, 2014, 7:30pm
Iarla O'Lionáird, Life, Love and Death, Sean-nós performance
Turner Hall Ballroom, 1034 N. 4th St., Milwaukee

O'Lionáird grew up and learned his craft in the musical heartland of Cúil Aodha in the West Cork Gaeltacht. From his early recording of the vision song, Aisling Gheal, while still a boy, through his recent recordings, O'Lionaird has established himself both as a masterful exponent of Sean Nós Song and as a pioneer in its renewal and development. O'Lionáird has always been a collaborator and an artist seeking new fields of engagement. His collaborations with Peter Gabriel on Ovo have taken on an increasingly classical form. His song-cycle with Gavin Bryars, Anail De (The Breath of God), reflects a deep artistic collaboration and friendship with the composer. Similarly, he has worked extensively with acclaimed Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy and his group The Crash Ensemble. O'Lionáird recently completed a tour including a sell-out show at The National Concert Hall in Dublin with The Gloaming, his new band, which also features fiddler Martin Hayes.

UWM students receive a discount so that a single ticket only costs $5. Please call the box office at 414-271-0711 and mention being a UWM student to receive the discount. For more information please visit Present Music's website.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 6:30-8:00pm
Tartan Day Celebration
Tyler Hackworth
Ancient, Old and New: The Evolving Landscape of Scotland
Greene Hall, 3347 Downer Ave., UW-Milwaukee Campus

Tartan Day celebrates the Declaration of Arbroath. The Declaration is in the form of a letter sent to Pope John XXII, dated the 6th of April, 1320 and signed by Scotland's chieftains, churchmen, and nobility. As a definition of Scottish independence, it is a stirring manifesto which ranks among the world's great statements. It is particularly important as the sturdy response of a small nation to stronger powers who sought to curtail its freedom. This event is celebrated every April as Tartan Day.

The Center will mark this special day on Wednesday, April 16th with a talk titled Ancient, Old and New: The Evolving Landscape of Scotland. Guest speaker Tyler Hackworth will give a talk about how Roman hands, medieval stones, and modern steel have blended, giving cities like Edinburgh, a unique beauty and aura of ancient footsteps in modern shoes. Free.

Friday, May 9, 2014, 6:00-8:00pm
Certificate Awards Ceremony
UWM Hefter Center, 3271 N. Lake Drive, Milwaukee

Join us as we celebrate the achievements of our students at the annual Certificate Awards Ceremony. Congratulations go out to Andrew Martins, Maggie McGwinn, Lauren Messner, and Alexander Knox for completing their certificates.

This evening of Celtic conviviality begins with a reception and will include a short program of Irish music by Blackthorn Folly and Irish dancing with Marquette Highschool Celtic Club.

Graduation Speaker: New addition to our faculty from Ireland, Dr. Alison Donnelly will give a lively presentation entitled "Timing is Everything: How Irish wildlife is responding to global climate change."

This event is free and open to the public and a warm welcome awaits all.