Past Events

November 2014

NOV 5: 8:00 pm Readings from the Letters of Samuel Beckett, 1957-1965
Featuring renowned Irish actor, Barry McGovern and Atlanta actors Brenda Bynum, Carolyn Cook and Robert Shaw-Smith.
Schwartz Center, Emory University. Free, no ticket required.

NOV 12: 11:00am-1:00pm, Gary Mason, "Reconciliation in a post-conflict society: the power of memory and the past."
Candler School of Theology, Room 252, Emory University.
A former Methodist minister for 25 years in Belfast, Gary Mason directs Journey Towards Healing, a psychologically informed approach to conflict resolution.
Lunch will be provided for those who register by November 5.

NOV 13-23: Aris Theatre presents Trust Byron, a one-man show written by George Costigan and performed by Winslow Thomas, Studio B, GPTV.

NOV 17: 7:00 pm Tom Chaffin, “Giant’s Causeway: Frederick Douglass’s Irish Odyssey and the Making of an American Visionary.”
Carter Presidential Library & Museum Theater, Free and Open to the Public.
Tom Chaffin chronicles Frederick Douglass’s 1845-47 lecture tour of Ireland, Scotland and England, including vivid portraits of the Irish nationalists Daniel O’Connell and John Mitchel, British prime minister Robert Peel, abolitionist John Brown and Abraham Lincoln.

NOV 20: 6:30 pm, Peter Fallon Poetry Reading
Jones Room, Level 3, Robert W. Woodruff Library, Emory University
Join us for a special reading to mark the closing of the exhibition, Seamus Heaney: The Music of What Happens, by Heaney’s close friend and publisher, Peter Fallon.  Free and Open to the Public.

Peter Fallon Poetry Reading flyer

September 2014

Sept. 18:  Geraldine Higgins, "Seamus Heaney: The Place of Writing."
6:30 pm  Jones Room, Woodruff Library
Geraldine Higgins will talk about the process of curating the exhibition “Seamus Heaney: The Music of what Happens,” currently showing in the Woodruff Library.

The exhibition features materials from Emory's unique archive including manuscript drafts, photographs, letters and even Heaney’s old desk. Curatorial assistants Maggie Greaves and Emily Leithauser will also share their stories of behind-the-scenes at the exhibition.

Free and Open to the Public.


Sept. 25-October 5: Aris Theatre presents Brian Friel's Philadelphia Here I Come! at Georgia Public Broadcasting, 260 14th St NW. Tickets at After the 5pm show on Sunday Sept. 28th, Consul General Paul Gleeson and Emory professor Geraldine Higgins will talk about the play and the topic of emigration.

October 2nd: "A Tribute to Seamus Heaney: An Evening of Poetry and Song"
7:30 pm  Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Emory University.
Featuring the Vega String quartet and poets Natasha Trethewey, Kevin Young, Tracy K. Smith, William Corbett, Vona Groarke, Nick Laird and Belinda McKeon.

This event is free but tickets are required. Available at the Schwartz Center on Sept. 15.

October 7: Bryan Giemza, “Flannery O’Connor with her Irish up.”
7:30 pm  Rollins School of Public Health, 1518 Clifton Rd.
Flannery O’Connor Lecture Series, Aquinas Center of Theology.

October 21: Ronald Schuchard, "'Into the heart of the ordinary': Seamus Heaney, Thomas Hardy and the divided tradition of Modern and Contemporary poetry."
6:30 pm  Jones Room, Woodruff Library
Ron Schuchard, the Goodrich C. White Professor of English Emeritus at Emory, discusses the connections between the poetry of Thomas Hardy and Seamus Heaney from the actual to the marvelous. 

Free and open to the public.

NOV 1:  IrishFest Atlanta –at the Wyndham Galleria Atlanta Hotel
$25 registration for morning events, buffet lunch and evening concert.
See 11:00 am & 2:45 pm Traditional Irish Music & Irish Society:  Historical Perspective, with Martin Dowling, Queens University Belfast.

Seamus Heaney Exhibition Opening Day Events
Saturday, February 22, 2014


1:00 p.m.

Feeling into Words: A Conversation about Seamus Heaney
Jones Room, Level 3, Robert W. Woodruff Library, 540 Asbury Circle, Atlanta, GA 30322

Distinguished guests will join in a conversation about Seamus Heaney, moderated by Geraldine Higgins, Associate Professor and Director of Irish Studies, Emory University.

4:00 p.m.

Paul Muldoon Poetry Reading
Glenn Auditorium, 1652 North Decatur Road, Atlanta GA 30307

This is the first event in the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library Reading Series, Season 9.
Admission is free but tickets are required. Tickets available beginning January 22, 2014.
Additional ticket information to be announced in the coming weeks at

Paul Muldoon Book Signing
Robert W. Woodruff Library

Books and a specially printed, limited edition broadside will be for sale at the event.


"Seamus Heaney: The Music of What Happens" exhibition grand opening celebration
Schatten Gallery, Robert W. Woodruff Library

Remarks and toasts at 6:00 p.m.
W. Ronald Schuchard, Emory professor emeritus of English, toastmaster.
Light refreshments will be served.

Funded in part by the Hightower Family Fund, Emory University.

Chace Gallery, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Based on the renowned Yeats exhibit at the National Library of Ireland, this display of thirteen colorful panels filled with photographs and descriptive text offers an overview of the remarkable life of W.B. Yeats. The exhibit is being made available by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and the W.B. Yeats Foundation.

Sept 29-October 8th: 7 pm Theater Emory, THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE
by Martin McDonagh, Mary Gray Munroe Theatre, Emory campus.
Tickets: 404-727 5050 or Oct. 5th is Pay-what-you-can night.

October 18th: 6 pm DON MULLAN, Irish bestselling author, humanitarian and media producer speaks on “Ties that bind: Douglass, Derry and Civil Rights in Ireland and the U.S.” Don Mullan's book Eyewitness Bloody Sunday was one of the main catylsts for the new Bloody Sunday Inquiry which exonerated all the victims shot by the British Army on 30 January 1972. He will speak at Emory on the civil rights movements in Ireland and the American South and the Irish-US connections forged by Frederick Douglass and Daniel O'Connell.
6.00 pm, Jones Room, Woodruff Library, Emory campus
Free and open to the public
Co-sponsored by the Irish Consulate of Atlanta

October 20-21st: JUDITH MOK: MOLLY SAYS NO!
Thursday, Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m.
Performing Arts Studio, 1804 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta
Soprano Judith Mok performs her acclaimeddramatic recital from the perspective of Ulysses' heroine, Molly Bloom. Part of the Feminism and Legal Theory Project, and the Halle Institute Distinguished Fellow series, this event is free but please register at

Readings from The Letters of Samuel Beckett: 1941-1956 featuring noted Irish actor BARRY MCGOVERN with Carolyn Cook, Brenda Bynum, and Robert Shaw-Smith.
Glenn Memorial, Emory University, Friday, 21 October 2011,
Free, unticketed and open to the public.

October 22nd: 11am-12.30 pm
Barry McGovern’s Theatre Workshop: “Staging Narrative”
White Hall 208, Emory University, Free, but registration is required at before 18 October